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Abstract Title: Investigating Simulation Use in Algebra-Based Introductory Physics
Abstract: Computer simulations and supporting instructional materials for topics in mechanics were developed and investigated in a five-section, algebra-based, studio physics course for life science students at an R1 institution. Using an A/B testing protocol, simulations were implemented into traditional lab activities in place of hands-on equipment. Learning outcomes were measured for the topic of momentum conservation by comparing student performance on post-lab exercises, related midterm and exam questions, and a subset of the questions on the Energy and Momentum Conceptual Survey (EMCS) for those who used simulations and those who used hands-on lab materials. We will present our findings of this study and discuss the larger implications of the use of simulations in physics education.

* Funded by NSF grant DUE 1712159
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session II
Poster Number: B34
Contributed Paper Record: Contributed Paper Information
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Manher Jariwala
Boston University
590 Commonwealth Avenue
Department of Physics, Boston University
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 6173535766
and Co-Presenter(s)
Emily Allen, Boston University
Andrew Duffy, Boston University