What are the effects of computer simulations on students' conceptual understanding on Newtonian mechanics?
Basaraba, Kristian Robert
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Computer simulations provide an interactive and visual environment that promote and support conceptual change in physics education. They are tools that enable students to become actively engaged in their learning and encourage concept exploration and assist in developing their inquiry skills. One area that students consistently retain misconceptions is that of their understanding of Newtonian mechanics and the application of his three laws to motion problems. It is through the implementation of a series of inquiry based student activities that these simulations will be evaluated for their effectiveness in improving conceptual understanding. The study used both qualitative and quantitative methods including summative exams, class observations, student surveys and interviews.