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written by Noah D. Finkelstein, Katherine K. Perkins, Wendy K. Adams, Patrick B. Kohl , and Noah S. Podolefsky
This paper examines the effects of substituting computer simulations in place of real laboratory equipment in the second semester of a large-scale introductory physics course. The direct current (DC) circuit laboratory was modified to compare the effects of using computer simulations with the effects of using real light bulbs, meters and wires. Three groups of students, those who used real equipment, those who used computer simulations, and those who had no lab experience, 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.
Physics Education Research Conference 2004
Part of the PER Conference series
Sacramento, California: August 4-5, 2004
Volume 790, Pages 101-104
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Education - Applied Research
- Curriculum Development
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- Technology
= Computers
Electricity & Magnetism
- DC Circuits
General Physics
- Physics Education Research
- Reference Material
= Research study
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10.1063/1.2084711
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PERC 2004, circuits, computer aided analysis, computer simulations, conceptual understanding, electric current, laboratory equipment, laboratory techniques, networks, student experiments
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N. Finkelstein, K. Perkins, W. Adams, P. Kohl, and N. Podolefsky, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2004, Sacramento, California, 2004, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9543&DocID=2787).
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N. Finkelstein, K. Perkins, W. Adams, P. Kohl, and N. Podolefsky, Can Computer Simulations Replace Real Equipment in Undergraduate Laboratories? presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2004, Sacramento, California, 2004, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9543&DocID=2787>.
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Finkelstein, N., Perkins, K., Adams, W., Kohl, P., & Podolefsky, N. (2004, August 4-5). Can Computer Simulations Replace Real Equipment in Undergraduate Laboratories?. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2004, Sacramento, California. Retrieved August 20, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9543&DocID=2787
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Finkelstein, N, K. Perkins, W. Adams, P. Kohl, and N. Podolefsky. "Can Computer Simulations Replace Real Equipment in Undergraduate Laboratories?." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2004, Sacramento, California, August 4-5, 2004. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9543&DocID=2787 (accessed 20 August 2014).
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Finkelstein, Noah, Katherine Perkins, Wendy Adams, Patrick B. Kohl, and Noah S. Podolefsky. "Can Computer Simulations Replace Real Equipment in Undergraduate Laboratories?." Physics Education Research Conference 2004. Sacramento, California: 2004. 101-104 Vol. 790 of PER Conference. 20 Aug. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9543&DocID=2787>.
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