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Dean, Kevin – European Journal of Physics Education, 2018

The conical pendulum provides a rich source of theoretical and computational analysis and the present work presents a seamless continuation of the previous publication. The tension force F[subscript T] and centripetal force F[subscript C] are explored further in linearization analyses and the appropriate slopes are explained. A similar analysis is…

Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Motion, Scientific Concepts

Önder, Fatih; Senyigit, Çigdem; Silay, Ilhan – European Journal of Physics Education, 2017

In this study, it is aimed to determine effects of pre-service elementary school teachers' misconceptions about short circuit and open circuit on their ability to set up simple electric circuits. The sample of the research is composed of 41 teacher candidates studying at Dokuz Eylul University. Open-ended questions and semi-structured interview…

Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Misconceptions, Preservice Teachers

Sadoglu, Gunay Palic; Durukan, Ummu Gulsum – European Journal of Physics Education, 2017

The purpose of this study is to determine perceptions of elementary prospective teachers about the basic concepts of physics including force, motion, speed, velocity, acceleration and displacement. This research, as a qualitative study, had a study group that constitutes of 35 elementary prospective teachers who successfully completed general…

Descriptors: Physics, Scientific Concepts, Preservice Teachers, Motion

Marušic, Mirko; Sliško, Josip – European Journal of Physics Education, 2017

In this research, we gave to technical university students (N=50) and high school students (N=75) a verbally described situation of a partially defined physics problem. The task for the both groups of the students was to generate drawings of how they imagined the situation that the problem referred to. A fully abstract drawing was generated by 48%…

Descriptors: College Students, High School Students, Physics, Science Instruction

Arlego, Marcelo; Fanaro, Maria de los Angeles – European Journal of Physics Education, 2017

In this work, we present a pedagogical strategy to describe the diffraction phenomenon based on a didactic adaptation of the Feynman's path integrals method, which uses only high school mathematics. The advantage of our approach is that it allows to describe the diffraction in a fully quantum context, where superposition and probabilistic aspects…

Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Light, Scientific Concepts

Slisko, Josip – European Journal of Physics Education, 2017

This study is an initial exploration of students' abilities to analyze critically authenticity of physics problems, carried out with Spanish translation of the eight Edition of popular physics textbook "Fundamentals of Physics", written by Halliday, Resnick and Walker. Students (N = 34) involved in the study were those of applied physics…

Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Thinking Skills, Textbooks

Dean, Kevin – European Journal of Physics Education, 2017

This paper represents a continuation of the theoretical and computational work from an earlier publication, with the present calculations using exactly the same physical values for the lengths L (0.435 m - 2.130 m) for the conical pendulum, mass m = 0.1111 kg, and with the local value of the acceleration due to gravity g = 9.789 ms[superscript…

Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Graphs, Equations (Mathematics)

Kianian, Kiarash; Bozorgmehr, Aria – European Journal of Physics Education, 2017

In this paper, we indicate the difference between energy equation and the center of mass equation by an especially example. According to our opinion, in teaching mechanics, we should more clearly an integral of Newton's second law and the energy equation. Maybe this leads to greater clarity in the notions of system, work and energy.

Descriptors: Mechanics (Physics), Energy, Equations (Mathematics), Kinetics

Stiles-Clarke, Laura; MacLeod, Katarin – European Journal of Physics Education, 2016

For the past 40 years, there has been apprehension in North American society, and particularly in the scientific community, concerning the decline of interest and enrollment in science degree programs at the post-secondary level. This trend has proven very difficult to reverse. The purpose of this study was to explore why students at an Atlantic…

Descriptors: Majors (Students), Physics, Course Selection (Students), Decision Making

Yasar, Erkan; Gurel, Cem – European Journal of Physics Education, 2016

It is aimed in this research to measure via knowledge hierarchy the things regarding exhibit themes learned by the visitors of the exhibits and compare them with the purpose that the exhibits are designed for, thereby realizing a summative evaluation of the exhibits by knowledge hierarchy method. The research has been conducted in a children's…

Descriptors: Science Education, Museums, Exhibits, Summative Evaluation

Ünlü Yavas, Pervin; Kizilcik, Hasan Sahin – European Journal of Physics Education, 2016

The aim of this study is to identify the reasons why pre-service physics teachers have difficulties related to special relativity topics. In this study conducted with 25 pre-service physics teachers, the case study method, which is a qualitative research method, was used. Interviews were held with the participants about their reasons for…

Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Physics, Scientific Principles, Science Education

Çetin, Ali – European Journal of Physics Education, 2016

The purpose of this study was to describe high school students' "physics", physics lesson" and "physics teacher" conceptions by using metaphors. 313 students participated in the study from different high school types in Siirt, Turkey. A metaphorical perception form constructed by researcher was individually conducted,…

Descriptors: Figurative Language, Foreign Countries, Physics, High School Students

Mei, Wai-Ning – European Journal of Physics Education, 2016

In this work, we demonstrate the application of the variational method by computing the ground- and first-excited state energies of a double-well potential. We start with the proper choice of the trial wave functions using optimized parameters, and notice that accurate expectation values in excellent agreement with the numerical results can be…

Descriptors: Quantum Mechanics, Energy, Computation, Mathematics

Turgut, Umit; Colak, Alp; Salar, Riza – European Journal of Physics Education, 2016

The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of the course materials developed in accordance with 7E model in the unit of electromagnetism in high school physics class on students' conceptual success. The present study was conducted with a total of 52 11th grade students in two separate classrooms at a high school. The action research…

Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Misconceptions

Tanushevsk, Atanas; Rendevski, Stojan – European Journal of Physics Education, 2016

For acquainting the students of applied physics and students of teaching physics with the concept of energy efficiency, electrical and spectral characteristics of two widely used lamps--integrated fluorescence lamp and common light bulb have been investigated. Characterization of the lamps has been done by measuring the spectral irradiance and…

Descriptors: Energy, Energy Conservation, Lighting, Efficiency