Capstone/Dissertation Title

Improving physics conceptual understanding through the use of computer simulations

Term

2011

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

The use of computer simulation can support student conceptual understanding in physics education. Students' growth in their conceptual understanding of Newtonian Mechanics was measured as part of an interactive physics course. All students participated in a Studio Physics model that utilized interactive engagement techniques as described by Physics Education Research. Student gain, as measured by the Force Concepts Inventory was greater for students that experienced computer simulations than those that experienced other interactive engagement strategies.

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