Overview

Indicates a research-demonstrated benefit

Overview

A suite of computer simulations for teaching physics and physical science through exploring phenomena and conducting simulated experiments.

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, Computers for students
Skills Designed for: Conceptual understandingReferences coming soon, Using multiple representations
Can be adapted for: Making real-world connections, 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