Overview

Indicates a research-demonstrated benefit

Overview

A suite of 24 computer simulators available online covering many areas of physics and physical science. Each simulator allows one to create many different situations to explore phenomena, conduct simulated experiments to test your own models, and to get feedback including multiple representations.

Type of Method Computer simulations
Level Designed for: Teacher PreparationReferences coming soon, Teacher Professional DevelopmentReferences coming soon, High SchoolReferences coming soon, Intro College Calculus-based, Intro College Algebra-based, Intro College Conceptual
Setting Designed for: StudioReferences coming soon, Lecture - Large (30+ students), Lecture - Small (<30 students), Recitation/Discussion Session, Lab, Homework
Coverage Few topics with great depth, Many topics with less depth
Topics Mechanics, Electricity / Magnetism, Waves / Optics, Thermal / Statistical
Instructor Effort Low
Resource Needs Projector in class, Computers for student use in class, Computers for student use outside of class
Skills Designed for: Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon, Connecting conceptual and mathematical understanding, Representing knowledge in multiple ways
Can be adapted for: Understanding how physics relates to the real world, Model building
Research Validation Based on research into: how students learnReferences coming soon, student ideas about specific topicsReferences coming soon
Demonstrated to improve: scores on written conceptual testsReferences coming soon, beliefs about physicsReferences coming soon
Studied using: conceptual pre/post examsReferences coming soon, classroom observationsReferences coming soon, video of studentsReferences coming soon
Compatible Methods Peer Instruction, PhET, UW Tutorials, JiTT, Ranking Tasks, ILDs, CGPS, Physlets, Context-Rich Problems, RealTime Physics, Workshop Physics, TIPERs, ABP Tutorials, SCALE-UP, Modeling, OSP, SDI Labs, OST Tutorials, ISLE, Thinking Problems, Workbook for Introductory Physics, LA Program, PET, PSET, LEPS, CAE TPS, Lecture-Tutorials, Astro Ranking Tasks, MBL, SCL, TEFA, CU Modern, Energy Project, SGSI, Paradigms, PUM, EiP, Tools for Scientific Thinking, M&I, Tutorials, Clickers, PRISMS PLUS, Responsive Teaching
Similar Methods PhET, Physlets, OSP
Developer(s) Fred Goldberg and many others
Website http://cpucips.sdsu.edu/simulators.html