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written by Adrian Carmichael, Jacquelyn J. Chini, N. Sanjay Rebello, and Sadhana Puntambekar
Often computer simulation environments present students with an idealized version of the real world which can affect students' conceptual understanding. In this study we investigate the effects of completing an experiment in mechanics using this ideal world as compared to an identical experiment in the real world. Students in three of five conceptual physics laboratory sections completed the physical experiment while the other two sections performed the virtual experiment. The experiments were part of a unit on simple machines from the CoMPASS curriculum which integrates hypertext-based concept maps in a design-based context. There was no statistically significant difference between the pre and post data of the students in the two groups. Students who performed the virtual experiment were able to answer questions dealing with work and potential energy more correctly, though neither group was able to offer sound reasoning to support their answers.
Physics Education Research Conference 2010
Part of the PER Conference series
Portland, Oregon: July 21-22, 2010
Volume 1289, Pages 89-92
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10.1063/1.3515256
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R305A080507
PACSs:
01.40.Ha
01.50.Qb
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01.40.Fk
Keywords:
PERC 2010, educational courses, laboratory techniques, learning systems, research initiatives
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A. Carmichael, J. Chini, N. Rebello, and S. Puntambekar, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon, 2010, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10575&DocID=2066).
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A. Carmichael, J. Chini, N. Rebello, and S. Puntambekar, Comparing Student Learning in Mechanics Using Simulations and Hands-on Activities, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon, 2010, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10575&DocID=2066>.
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Carmichael, A., Chini, J., Rebello, N., & Puntambekar, S. (2010, July 21-22). Comparing Student Learning in Mechanics Using Simulations and Hands-on Activities. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon. Retrieved October 24, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10575&DocID=2066
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Carmichael, A, J. Chini, N. Rebello, and S. Puntambekar. "Comparing Student Learning in Mechanics Using Simulations and Hands-on Activities." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon, July 21-22, 2010. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10575&DocID=2066 (accessed 24 October 2014).
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Carmichael, Adrian, Jacquelyn Chini, N. Sanjay Rebello, and Sadhana Puntambekar. "Comparing Student Learning in Mechanics Using Simulations and Hands-on Activities." Physics Education Research Conference 2010. Portland, Oregon: 2010. 89-92 Vol. 1289 of PER Conference. 24 Oct. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10575&DocID=2066>.
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