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Lira, J. A. – Physics Education, 2018
From the time of Pythagoras of Samos (sixth century BC), the Greek philosopher-scientists taught that the Earth was a sphere and the harmonies of the universe were governed by mathematical relations. With the fall of the Roman Empire in the fifth century, cultural darkness descended on Europe and all intellectual pursuits languished under the rule…
Descriptors: Physics, Scientific Principles, Geography, Earth Science
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Desjardins, Steven G. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2008
In this paper we describe an interdisciplinary course on dynamics that is appropriate for nonscience majors. This course introduces ideas about mathematical modeling using examples based on pendulums, chemical kinetics, and population dynamics. The unique emphasis for a nonmajors course is on chemical reactions as dynamical systems that do more…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Kinetics, Chemistry, Spreadsheets
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Hill, Bradford – Science Teacher, 2013
Many high school physics courses have deemphasized mathematics, which has changed the nature and role of the inquiry experiments in them. This article lays out an approach built upon an introductory unit, "Patterns in Nature," which aims to engage students in constructing their understanding of physics through contextualizing and…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, High Schools, Physics
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Nashon, Samson Madera; Anderson, David; Nielsen, Wendy S. – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2009
The teaching of science, especially at pre-college and teacher education levels has undergone tremendous transformation over the years: from teacher-centred transmission to student-centred approaches rooted in constructivism. Whereas constructivism has been charged with all manner of shortfalls, it still can be of benefit to the way physics…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Constructivism (Learning), Mathematics Education, Prior Learning
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Blanco, Francesco; La Rocca, Paola; Petta, Catia; Riggi, Francesco – European Journal of Physics, 2009
An educational model simulation of the sound produced by lightning in the sky has been employed to demonstrate realistic signatures of thunder and its connection to the particular structure of the lightning channel. Algorithms used in the past have been revisited and implemented, making use of current computer techniques. The basic properties of…
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Simulation, Science Instruction, Introductory Courses
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Mitchell, Joseph D.; Petrov, Nikola P. – European Journal of Physics, 2009
We apply several physical ideas to determine the steady temperature distribution in a medium moving with uniform velocity between two infinite parallel plates. We compute it in the coordinate frame moving with the medium by integration over the "past" to account for the influence of an infinite set of instantaneous point sources of heat in past…
Descriptors: Physics, Climate, Motion, Science Instruction
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Capizzo, M. C.; Sperandeo-Mineo, R. M.; Zarcone, M. – European Journal of Physics, 2008
We present a pedagogic approach aimed at modelling electric conduction in semiconductors in order to describe and explain some macroscopic properties, such as the characteristic behaviour of resistance as a function of temperature. A simple model of the band structure is adopted for the generation of electron-hole pairs as well as for the carrier…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Science Instruction, Laboratory Equipment, Science Experiments
House, Peggy A., Ed. – 1990
The School Science and Mathematics Association seeks to improve the teaching and learning of mathematics and science and to promote the integration and interrelationships among these disciplines. This monograph presents 20 articles that have appeared in the association's journal, "School Science and Mathematics," between the years of 1905 and 1988…
Descriptors: Algebra, Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary School Science, Elementary Secondary Education
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Rhoton, Jack – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1993
Discusses the current and future roles of two-year colleges in science, mathematics, and engineering education. (PR)
Descriptors: Biology, Chemistry, College Science, Earth Science
Chee, Chia Teck – 1988
This study aimed to identify the main difficulties faced by physics students and then devise teaching units to overcome the difficulties, and to investigate whether there was any improvement in achievement in physics if mathematical skills were being stressed explicitly in physics lessons. The topics chosen for this study were graphs, errors, and…
Descriptors: College Science, Higher Education, Mathematical Concepts, Mathematics Skills
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Glick, David – Physics Teacher, 1995
Presents a technique that helps students concentrate more on the science and less on the mechanics of algebra while dealing with introductory physics formulas. Allows the teacher to do complex problems at a lower level and not be too concerned about the mathematical abilities of the students. (JRH)
Descriptors: Algebra, Chemistry, Equations (Mathematics), Mathematics
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Dobrogowski, W.; Maziewski, A.; Zablotskii, V. – European Journal of Physics, 2007
We describe our experience in building a remote laboratory for teaching magnetic domains. Fulfilling the proposed on-line experiments, students can observe and study magnetization processes that are often difficult to explain with written material. It is proposed that networks of remotely accessible laboratories could be integrated in the Global…
Descriptors: Science Laboratories, Magnets, Scientific Concepts, Science Experiments
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Gjertsen, Margaret; Risley, John S. – The Physics Teacher, 1987
This document was developed to help teachers locate computer software to enhance the teaching of traditional physics at all educational levels. It contains a table listing approximately 900 packages. The table is organized by type of computer (Apple II, Atari, Commodore, IBM PC, Macintosh, and TRS-80) and is alphabetized first by publisher and…
Descriptors: Astronomy, College Science, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Uses in Education
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Andrews, David L.; Bradshaw, David S. – European Journal of Physics, 2009
Nonlinear optics is generally first presented as an extension of conventional optics. Typically the subject is introduced with reference to a classical oscillatory electric polarization, accommodating correction terms that become significant at high intensities. The material parameters that quantify the extent of the nonlinear response are cast as…
Descriptors: Optics, Scientific Principles, Mathematical Formulas, Science Instruction
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Hacyan, Shahen – European Journal of Physics, 2009
According to Poincare, a geometry cannot be an object of experience since any geometrical experiment must be realized with physical objects, such as rulers and light rays, and it is only their properties that can be tested. This position was apparently refuted by general relativity and the successful confirmation of its predictions by astronomical…
Descriptors: Theories, Scientific Principles, Geometry, Geometric Concepts
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