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written by Ryan L. C. Hazelton, Peter S. Shaffer, and Paula R. L. Heron
This paper compares the effect on student understanding from using either real-world circuits or an interactive circuit simulation. Three groups of students who worked through a tutorial on multiple-loop circuits from Tutorials in Introductory Physics, one with real circuits and two with a simulation, were compared in terms of their conceptual understanding after instruction. Students who used the simulation completed the tutorial faster and had more time for discussion with the TAs, and generally scored higher on conceptual questions than did those who used real circuits.
Physics Education Research Conference 2013
Part of the PER Conference series
Portland, OR: July 17-18, 2013
Pages 177-180
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education - Applied Research
- Active Learning
= Problem Solving
- Instructional Material Design
= Simulation
- Technology
= Multimedia
Education - Basic Research
- Assessment
= Conceptual Assessment
Electricity & Magnetism
- DC Circuits
- Lower Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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American Association of Physics Teachers
DOI:
10.1119/perc.2013.pr.032
PACSs:
01.40.Fk
01.50.Ht
Keywords:
Computer simulation, PERC 2013, electric circuits, introductory physics, tutorials
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R. Hazelton, P. Shaffer, and P. Heron, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, 2013, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13134&DocID=3682).
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R. Hazelton, P. Shaffer, and P. Heron, Assessing the impact of a computer simulation in conjunction with Tutorials in Introductory Physics on conceptual understanding presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, 2013, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13134&DocID=3682>.
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Hazelton, R., Shaffer, P., & Heron, P. (2013, July 17-18). Assessing the impact of a computer simulation in conjunction with Tutorials in Introductory Physics on conceptual understanding. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR. Retrieved September 1, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13134&DocID=3682
Chicago Format
Hazelton, R, P. Shaffer, and P. Heron. "Assessing the impact of a computer simulation in conjunction with Tutorials in Introductory Physics on conceptual understanding." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, July 17-18, 2013. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13134&DocID=3682 (accessed 1 September 2014).
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Hazelton, Ryan, Peter Shaffer, and Paula Heron. "Assessing the impact of a computer simulation in conjunction with Tutorials in Introductory Physics on conceptual understanding." Physics Education Research Conference 2013. Portland, OR: 2013. 177-180 of PER Conference. 1 Sep. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13134&DocID=3682>.
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