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written by Richard N. Steinberg
Do computer simulations help students learn science? How can we tell? Are there negative implications of using simulations to teach students about real world phenomena? In this paper I describe my experience using a computer simulation on air resistance. In order to parse out the effects of using the computer simulation and of having an interactive learning environment, I compare two classes which both had interactive learning environments. One class used the simulation and the other class used only a set of paper and pencil activities. In the two different learning environments, there appears to be differences in how students approached learning. However, student performance on a common exam question on air resistance was not significantly different.
American Journal of Physics: Volume 68, Issue S1, Pages S37-S41
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10.1119/1.19517
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S0002-9505(00)50507-8
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computer aided instruction, fluid dynamics, teaching
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Metadata instance created July 14, 2005 by Lyle Barbato
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R. Steinberg, Am. J. Phys. 68 (S1), S37 (2000), WWW Document, (http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.19517).
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R. Steinberg, Computers in teaching science: To simulate or not to simulate?, Am. J. Phys. 68 (S1), S37 (2000), <http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.19517>.
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Steinberg, R. (2000, July 1). Computers in teaching science: To simulate or not to simulate?. Am. J. Phys., 68(S1), S37-S41. Retrieved October 26, 2014, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.19517
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Steinberg, Richard. "Computers in teaching science: To simulate or not to simulate?." Am. J. Phys. 68, no. S1, (July 1, 2000): S37-S41, http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.19517 (accessed 26 October 2014).
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Steinberg, Richard. "Computers in teaching science: To simulate or not to simulate?." Am. J. Phys. 68.S1 (2000): S37-S41. 26 Oct. 2014 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.19517>.
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