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Kersting, Magdalena – Physics Education, 2019
The first direct observation of gravitational waves in 2015 has led to an increased public interest in topics of general relativity (GR) and astronomy. Physics teachers and educators respond to this interest by introducing modern ideas of gravity and spacetime to high school students. Doing so, they face the challenge of finding suitable models…
Descriptors: Physics, Scientific Concepts, Science Instruction, Foreign Countries
Özeke, Vildan; Akçapina, Gökhan – International Association for Development of the Information Society, 2016
There are many computer games, learning environments, online tutoring systems or computerized tools which keeps the track of the user while learning or engaging in the activities. This paper presents results from an exploratory study and aims to group students regarding their behavior data while solving the Einstein's riddle. 45 undergraduate…
Descriptors: Puzzles, Educational Games, Humor, Foreign Countries
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Andersen, W. L. – Physics Teacher, 2020
It often falls to a physicist to teach a conceptual astronomy course. It is easy to justify a treatment of general relativity in the context of massive stars, black holes, and cosmology. There are a number of good books available to serve as texts or references, including Thorne's "Black Holes and Time Warps: Einstein's Outrageous…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Science Laboratories, Astronomy
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Parks, Beth – Physics Teacher, 2020
Barriers to women's education and employment in Europe and the United States in the 19th century made it unlikely that any women would be among the few physicists whose ideas are taught in high school and college courses. This paper explores the social settings in which three influential physicists worked--James Clerk Maxwell, Robert Millikan, and…
Descriptors: Barriers, Womens Education, Physics, Scientists
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Kaur, Tejinder; Blair, David; Moschilla, John; Stannard, Warren; Zadnik, Marjan – Physics Education, 2017
The Einstein-First project aims to change the paradigm of school science teaching through the introduction of modern Einsteinian concepts of space and time, gravity and quanta at an early age. These concepts are rarely taught to school students despite their central importance to modern science and technology. The key to implementing the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Scientific Concepts, Logical Thinking
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Renn, Jürgen – Science & Education, 2013
The paper reviews Einstein's engagement as a mediator and popularizer of science. It discusses the formative role of popular scientific literature for the young Einstein, showing that not only his broad scientific outlook but also his internationalist political views were shaped by these readings. Then, on the basis of recent detailed…
Descriptors: Science Education, Scientists, Political Attitudes, Information Dissemination
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Lemoine, Pamela A.; Richardson, Michael D. – Educational Planning, 2020
Albert Einstein once remarked that the world was characterized by a proliferation of means and a confusion of goals. This certainly characterizes the state of global higher education today. The age of technology and the information society are sweeping educators towards a future dependent upon knowing how more than knowing what. Throughout the…
Descriptors: Higher Education, COVID-19, Pandemics, Educational Technology
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Eckler, Logan H.; Nee, Matthew J. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2016
A simple molecular dynamics experiment is described to demonstrate transport properties for the undergraduate physical chemistry laboratory. The AMBER package is used to monitor self-diffusion in "n"-hexane. Scripts (available in the Supporting Information) make the process considerably easier for students, allowing them to focus on the…
Descriptors: Molecular Structure, Computation, Measurement Techniques, Undergraduate Students
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Shuler, Robert L., Jr. – Physics Education, 2016
The forgotten history of de Broglie waves as themselves artifacts of a Lorentz transform, not physical lengths and frequencies to be transformed, causes confusion for students and others. In this paper the de Broglie wavelength is derived and dependence of de Broglie frequency on velocity explained in terms of Einstein synchronized reference frame…
Descriptors: Physics, Scientific Concepts, Motion, Measurement Techniques
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Sherin, Zachary; Tan, Philip; Fairweather, Heather; Kortemeyer, Gerd – Physics Teacher, 2017
The understanding of many aspects of astronomy is closely linked with relativity and the finite speed of light, yet relativity is generally not discussed in great detail during planetarium shows for the general public. One reason may be the difficulty to visualize these phenomena in a way that is appropriate for planetariums; another may be their…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Astronomy, Visualization
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Barba, Kimberly – Journal of Mathematics Education at Teachers College, 2018
Mathematicians are often inimically portrayed in popular culture, resulting in an abundance of non-mathematical identities in the classroom. Various tropes are propagated by the media that dominate our mental schemas of what makes a mathematician: the eccentric Einstein-like old man; the young, tortured genius; and the "genetically…
Descriptors: Mathematics, Professional Personnel, Popular Culture, Stereotypes
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Nikolic, Hrvoje – European Journal of Physics, 2012
In 1930, Einstein argued against the consistency of the time-energy uncertainty relation by discussing a thought experiment involving a measurement of the mass of the box which emitted a photon. Bohr seemingly prevailed over Einstein by arguing that Einstein's own general theory of relativity saves the consistency of quantum mechanics. We revisit…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Quantum Mechanics, Science Instruction, Science Experiments
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Johnston, Angie M.; Johnson, Samuel G. B.; Koven, Marissa L.; Keil, Frank C. – Developmental Science, 2017
Like scientists, children seek ways to explain causal systems in the world. But are children scientists in the strict Bayesian tradition of maximizing posterior probability? Or do they attend to other explanatory considerations, as laypeople and scientists--such as Einstein--do? Four experiments support the latter possibility. In particular, we…
Descriptors: Young Children, Thinking Skills, Inferences, Bayesian Statistics
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Nathan, Mitchell J.; Swart, Michael I. – Educational Technology Research and Development, 2021
Materialist design is presented as an embodied perspective on educational design that can be applied to redesign of classroom-based learning environments. Materialist design is informed by a framework of materialist epistemology, which positions material innovation on equal placement with symbol-based formal theory. Historical examples of…
Descriptors: Epistemology, Instructional Design, Video Games, Technology Uses in Education
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Pinochet, Jorge – Physics Education, 2020
Einstein's theory of general relativity (GR) provides the best available description of gravity. The recent detection of gravitational waves and the first picture of a black hole have provided spectacular confirmations of GR, as well as arousing substantial interest in topics related to gravitation. However, to understand present and future…
Descriptors: Physics, Scientific Concepts, Scientific Principles, Theories
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