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Investigating simulation use on student learning outcomes in introductory physics
written by Manher Jariwala, Emily Allen, and Andrew Duffy
The use of computer simulations in physics education is a growing and evolving practice. In this paper, we report the results of a two-year study on the development and analysis of computer simulations and supporting instructional materials for the topic of momentum conservation. In an algebra-based, studio physics course for life science students at a large, private, R1 institution, the designed simulation was implemented into a traditional, two-cart collision lab activity in place of hands-on equipment using a quasiexperimental design. Learning outcomes were measured over two years by comparing student performance on written post-lab exercises, midterm and final exam scores, and pre- and post-test scores of the Energy and Momentum Conceptual Survey (EMCS). In assessing student mastery of the subject matter, we found no significant differences on written assessments for momentum-related learning outcomes between students using only the simulation in the experimental group, and students using only hands-on lab equipment in the control group. Our results continue to add to the growing body of evidence for better understanding the use of computer simulations in place of hands-on equipment for lab activities in physics.
Physics Education Research Conference 2019
Part of the PER Conference series
Provo, UT: July 24-25, 2019
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Classical Mechanics
- Linear Momentum
= Conservation of Linear Momentum
Education - Applied Research
- Instructional Material Design
= Simulation
- Technology
= Multimedia
Education - Basic Research
- Assessment
= Conceptual Assessment
- Lower Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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M. Jariwala, E. Allen, and A. Duffy, Investigating simulation use on student learning outcomes in introductory physics, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, 2019, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15286&DocID=5198>.
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Jariwala, M., Allen, E., & Duffy, A. (2019, July 24-25). Investigating simulation use on student learning outcomes in introductory physics. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT. Retrieved April 5, 2020, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15286&DocID=5198
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Jariwala, M, E. Allen, and A. Duffy. "Investigating simulation use on student learning outcomes in introductory physics." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, July 24-25, 2019. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15286&DocID=5198 (accessed 5 April 2020).
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Jariwala, Manher, Emily Allen, and Andrew Duffy. "Investigating simulation use on student learning outcomes in introductory physics." Physics Education Research Conference 2019. Provo, UT: 2019. of PER Conference. 5 Apr. 2020 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15286&DocID=5198>.
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