Use of computer simulations in physics : comparison of simulation implementation as introductory or reinforcement tools
Shaw, Kaylee Christine.
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This study investigated whether online simulations are more effective as introduction activities or concept reinforcements in the physics classroom. The effectiveness of simulations based on student preference and performance was analyzed using the topics of energy, force, the law of gravitation and thermal physics. The study showed students preferred and had greater conceptual understanding when computer simulations were used as a reinforcement tool in the physics classroom.