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Abstract Title: The Use of TI Calculators with Real Time Physics in an Introductory Physics Laboratory
Abstract: Real Time Physics (RTP) was designed to teach introductory physics classes with the use of computer-based tools with probes and interphases. Texas Instruments designed a calculator which is able to use probes and collect data. This work presents results of the implementation of two electric circuits RTP activities using calculators in a laboratory. The sample was a total of 200 students from a private Mexican University. Half of the students used RTP with calculators and the other half used Tutorials from the University of Washington since the Institution had used Tutorials for some time. We assessed the implementation with a multiple choice test at the end of each activity and the CSEM (pre/post) with 12 additional questions taken from the Electric Circuits Concept Evaluation but modified to fit the format of the CSEM. Results indicate that RTP with calculators had similar learning results compared to Tutorials but some differences in the potential difference concept.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Genaro Zavala
Tecnologico de Monterrey
E. Garza Sada 2501
Monterrey, Non U.S. 64849
Phone: +52 8183582000 ext. 4631
and Co-Presenter(s)
Monica Quezada-Espinoza
Tecnologico de Monterrey