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Other

Description:

This paper examines the effects of substituting a computer simulation for real laboratory equipment in the second semester of a large-scale introductory physics course. The direct current circuit laboratory was modified to compare the effects of using computer simulations with the effects of using real light bulbs, meters, and wires. Two groups of students, those who used real equipment and those who used a computer simulation that explicitly modeled electron flow, were compared in terms of their mastery of physics concepts and skills with real equipment. Students who used the simulated equipment outperformed their counterparts both on a conceptual survey of the domain and in the coordinated tasks of assembling a real circuit and describing how it worked.

Subjects:

  • Education > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 1
  • Grade 6
  • Grade 8
  • Grade 9

Keywords:

NSDL,Undergraduate (Lower Division),virtual laboratory,oai:nsdl.org:2200/20061003055715395T,cirucuit simulations,instructional method,NSDL_SetSpec_439869,Experiment/Lab Activity,Higher Education,Instructional Material Design,Computers,Instructional Material,instructional technology,phet,Electricity & Magnetism,Physics,physics education research,DC Circuits,Education Practices,High School,Curriculum Development,Vocational/Professional Development Education,Computing and Information,Laboratory,pedagogy,Education,Technology

Language:

English

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