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Multiple tools for visualizing equipotential surfaces: Optimizing for instructional goals
written by Elizabeth Gire, Aaron Wangberg, and Robyn Wangberg
Curriculum developers are interested in how to leverage various instructional tools - like whiteboards, Mathematica notebooks, and tangible models - to maximize learning. Instructional tools mediate student learning and different tools support learning differently. We are interested in understanding how the features of instructional tools influence student engagement during classroom activities and how to design activities to match tools with instructional goals. In this paper, we explore these questions by examining an instructional activity designed to help advanced undergraduate physics students understand and visualize the electrostatic potential. During the activity, students use three different tools: a whiteboard, a pre-programmed Mathematica notebook, and a 3D surface model of the electric potential. We discuss how the tools may be used to address the the instructional goals of the activity. We illustrate this discussion with examples from classroom video.
Physics Education Research Conference 2017
Part of the PER Conference series
Cincinnati, OH: July 26-27, 2017
Pages 140-143
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education - Applied Research
- Active Learning
= Peer Instruction
- Instructional Material Design
= Activity
- Technology
Education - Basic Research
- Behavior
Electricity & Magnetism
- Electric Fields and Potential
= Electrostatic Potential and Potential Energy
- Upper Undergraduate
- Lower Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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1612480
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PERC 2017
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Metadata instance created February 26, 2018 by Lyle Barbato
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E. Gire, A. Wangberg, and R. Wangberg, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, 2017, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14590&DocID=4767).
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E. Gire, A. Wangberg, and R. Wangberg, Multiple tools for visualizing equipotential surfaces: Optimizing for instructional goals, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, 2017, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14590&DocID=4767>.
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Gire, E., Wangberg, A., & Wangberg, R. (2017, July 26-27). Multiple tools for visualizing equipotential surfaces: Optimizing for instructional goals. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH. Retrieved June 29, 2022, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14590&DocID=4767
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Gire, E, A. Wangberg, and R. Wangberg. "Multiple tools for visualizing equipotential surfaces: Optimizing for instructional goals." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, July 26-27, 2017. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14590&DocID=4767 (accessed 29 June 2022).
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Gire, Elizabeth, Aaron Wangberg, and Robyn Wangberg. "Multiple tools for visualizing equipotential surfaces: Optimizing for instructional goals." Physics Education Research Conference 2017. Cincinnati, OH: 2017. 140-143 of PER Conference. 29 June 2022 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14590&DocID=4767>.
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