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Investigating complementary computational and empirical activities for students learning diffusion
written by Daniel P. Weller, Kathleen A. Hinko, and Vashti Sawtelle
There has been a push in physics education to incorporate computation into the classroom in a meaningful way; however, there is still much to learn about how combining computational work with traditional laboratory work can support student learning. This scenario is especially relevant to a studio classroom where lecture and lab activities are integrated. For an introductory physics for the life sciences studio course, we have developed an empirical microscope lab to complement a computational activity that models the diffusive motion of particles in solution. The microscope lab was designed for students to develop and test their own hypotheses about microbead solutions experiencing diffusion, while the computational exercise served as a model for visualizing diffusion on the microscopic level. Taking a resource theory perspective, we compare the empirical and computational activities by analyzing student responses to pre-lab, post-lab, and final exam questions. We find that students perceive the two in-class activities as "realistic" or "idealized," and we present affordances and constraints of studying diffusion by computational and empirical means.
Physics Education Research Conference 2018
Part of the PER Conference series
Washington, DC: August 1-2, 2018
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education - Applied Research
- Curriculum Development
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Education - Basic Research
- Cognition
Fluid Mechanics
- Dynamics of Fluids
= Diffusion of Fluids
General Physics
- Computational Physics
- Lower Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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D. Weller, K. Hinko, and V. Sawtelle, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, 2018, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14863&DocID=5010).
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D. Weller, K. Hinko, and V. Sawtelle, Investigating complementary computational and empirical activities for students learning diffusion, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, 2018, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14863&DocID=5010>.
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Weller, D., Hinko, K., & Sawtelle, V. (2018, August 1-2). Investigating complementary computational and empirical activities for students learning diffusion. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC. Retrieved January 16, 2019, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14863&DocID=5010
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Weller, D, K. Hinko, and V. Sawtelle. "Investigating complementary computational and empirical activities for students learning diffusion." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, August 1-2, 2018. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14863&DocID=5010 (accessed 16 January 2019).
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Weller, Daniel P., Kathleen Hinko, and Vashti Sawtelle. "Investigating complementary computational and empirical activities for students learning diffusion." Physics Education Research Conference 2018. Washington, DC: 2018. of PER Conference. 16 Jan. 2019 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14863&DocID=5010>.
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