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Abstract Title: Assessing the impact of a computer simulation in conjunction with Tutorials in Introductory Physics on conceptual understanding
Abstract: This paper compares the effect on student understanding from using either real-world circuits or an interactive circuit simulation.  Three groups of students who worked through a tutorial on multiple-loop circuits from Tutorials in Introductory Physics, one with real circuits and two with a simulation, were compared in terms of their conceptual understanding after instruction.  Students who used the simulation completed the tutorial faster and generally scored higher on conceptual questions than did those who used real circuits.  Students who were given additional time with the simulation performed similarly to students who had less exposure to the simulation.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Ryan Hazelton
University of Washington
200 NE 65th St
Seattle, WA 98115
Phone: 9259181037
and Co-Presenter(s)
Peter S. Shaffer (University of Washington)
Paula R. L. Heron (University of Washington)
Louis Deslauriers (University of British Columbia)