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Observing Students' Use of Computer-based Tools During Collision Experiments Documents

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Observing Students' Use of Computer-based Tools During Collision Experiments 

written by Elizabeth George, Maan Jiang Broadstock, and Jesús Vázquez-Abad

Because MBL and VBL can provide students with a complete time history of collisions and allow students to look at many different examples of collisions with relatively quick graphical feedback, they hold promise for teaching and learning about energy and momentum in the context of collisions.  In particular, these two technologies allow students to examine and explore collision phenomena in a way different from traditional laboratory methods such as photogates. We are investigating the effects of using these different technologies in an undergraduate physics laboratory. We report here some preliminary results from analysis of students' use of MBL, VBL, and photogate tools in a collision experiment in an introductory physics class.

Published July 26, 2001
Last Modified March 7, 2009

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