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Dean, Kevin – European Journal of Physics Education, 2018

The conical pendulum provides a rich source of theoretical and computational analysis and the present work presents a seamless continuation of the previous publication. The tension force F[subscript T] and centripetal force F[subscript C] are explored further in linearization analyses and the appropriate slopes are explained. A similar analysis is…

Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Motion, Scientific Concepts

Kianian, Kiarash; Bozorgmehr, Aria – European Journal of Physics Education, 2017

In this paper, we indicate the difference between energy equation and the center of mass equation by an especially example. According to our opinion, in teaching mechanics, we should more clearly an integral of Newton's second law and the energy equation. Maybe this leads to greater clarity in the notions of system, work and energy.

Descriptors: Mechanics (Physics), Energy, Equations (Mathematics), Kinetics

Mešic, Vanes; Mahmutovic, Sabaheta; Hasovic, Elvedin; Erceg, Nataša – European Journal of Physics Education, 2016

Earlier research has found that it is useful to distinguish situations in which students construct external representations on their own from situations in which they are expected to interpret already provided external representations. One type of representations that is particularly important for teaching mechanics is the free-body diagram. In…

Descriptors: Mechanics (Physics), Science Instruction, Visual Aids, Problem Solving

Önder, Fatih; Silay, Ilhan – European Journal of Physics Education, 2015

This research aims to determine the effectiveness of cooperative groups, organized according to learning styles, on students' physics success. The research was designed according to non-equivalent control group design. In the experimental group, the students were assigned into cooperative groups heterogeneously according to their learning styles…

Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Cognitive Style, Comparative Analysis

Montecinos, Alicia M. – European Journal of Physics Education, 2014

A partially unusual behaviour was found among 14 sophomore students of civil engineering who took a pre test for a free fall laboratory session, in the context of a general mechanics course. An analysis contemplating mathematics models and physics models consistency was made. In all cases, the students presented evidence favoring a correct free…

Descriptors: Misconceptions, Civil Engineering, Graphs, Pretesting

Forjan, Matej; Sliško, Josip – European Journal of Physics Education, 2014

This article presents the results of an analysis of three Slovenian textbooks for high school physics, from the point of view of simplifications and idealizations in the field of mechanics. In modeling of physical systems, making simplifications and idealizations is important, since one ignores minor effects and focuses on the most important…

Descriptors: Mechanics (Physics), High Schools, Curriculum, Curriculum Research

Koutandos, Spyridon – European Journal of Physics Education, 2013

In this article we examine cases of more classical and less classical nature compared to results found by quantum mechanics and attribute a form of Free Energy discontinuity for each case within a boundary layer. The concept of a boundary layer is broadened as to include areas of first or second variations of the Gibbs free energy. It is…

Descriptors: Science Instruction, Quantum Mechanics, Mechanics (Physics), Energy

Bertel, Erminald – European Journal of Physics Education, 2013

Due to progress in nanotechnology high-quality quantum wires can nowadays be fabricated. The behavior of particles in one dimension differs significantly from that in three-dimensional (3D) systems, yet the physics of such low-dimensional systems is generally not very well represented in standard undergraduate or graduate curricula. For instance,…

Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Scientific Concepts, Scientific Principles

Kuhn, Jochen; Vogt, Patrik – European Journal of Physics Education, 2013

New media technology becomes more and more important for our daily life as well as for teaching physics. Within the scope of our N.E.T. research project we develop experiments using New Media Experimental Tools (N.E.T.) in physics education and study their influence on students learning abilities. We want to present the possibilities e.g. of…

Descriptors: Handheld Devices, Telecommunications, Physics, Science Instruction

Méndez Coca, David; Slisko, Josip – European Journal of Physics Education, 2013

Many physics professors have difficulties to know and assess in real time the learning of the students in their courses. Nevertheless, today, with Internet and the new technology devices that the students use every day, like smartphones, such tasks can be carried out relatively easy. The professor pose a few questions in "Socrative," the…

Descriptors: Computer Software, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Telecommunications

Podolak, Ken; Danforth, Jordyn – European Journal of Physics Education, 2013

There are a variety of teaching tools available for use in introductory modern physics classrooms. Determining which teaching tool students support can help the teacher structure classroom instruction to include more effective teaching tools. Student participants were surveyed at the end of four separate semesters after using different teaching…

Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Worksheets, Teaching Methods

Sznitman, Josué; Stone, Howard A.; Smits, Alexander J.; Grotberg, James B. – European Journal of Physics Education, 2013

Dimensional analysis is often a subject reserved for students of fluid mechanics. However, the principles of scaling and dimensional analysis are applicable to various physical problems, many of which can be introduced early on in a university physics curriculum. Here, we revisit one of the best-known examples from a first course in classic…

Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Mechanics (Physics), Motion

Zabunov, Svetoslav S. – European Journal of Physics Education, 2013

The current paper aims at presenting a modern e-learning method and tool that is utilized in teaching physics in the universities. An online stereo 3D simulation is used for e-learning mechanics and specifically the teaching of spherical pendulum as part of the General Physics course for students in the universities. This approach was realized on…

Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Computer Simulation, College Science, Science Instruction

Shivalingaswamy, T.; Kagali, B. A. – European Journal of Physics Education, 2011

Energy eigenvalues for a non-relativistic particle in a linear potential well are available. In this paper we obtain the eigenenergies for a relativistic spin less particle in a similar potential using an extension of the well-known WKB method treating the potential as the time component of a four-vector potential. Since genuine bound states do…

Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Scientific Concepts, Molecular Structure

Syam, Debapriyo; Roy, Arup – European Journal of Physics Education, 2011

The Bohr-Sommerfeld quantum theory specifies the rules of quantization for circular and elliptical orbits for a one-electron hydrogen atom-like system. This article illustrates how a formula connecting the principal quantum number "n" and the length of the major axis of an elliptical orbit may be arrived at starting from the quantum…

Descriptors: Quantum Mechanics, Mechanics (Physics), Scientific Principles, Molecular Structure