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The Impact of Virtual Experiments on Student Reasoning in Physics
  Location: HC 3023 & 3023A
  Date: Monday, Aug.1
  Time: 6:50 PM -7:00 PM
  Author: Jiawu Fan, Beijing Normal University
  Co-Author(s): Shaona Zhou , Chunhui Du , Jing Han , Lei Bao
  Abstract: Using computer technology, we develop a virtual reality (VR) platform that supports interactive physics activities. We use the platform to help students conduct guided explorations to learning physics concepts and reasoning. A teaching experiment with two random selected groups of students was conducted. Students were asked to complete a one-hour exploration on one dimensional motion (1D motion) and circular motion. Using a cross-controlled design, we find that students doing virtual experiments outperform their peers doing paper-based problem solving. Supported in part by NIH Award RC1RR028402 and NSF Awards DUE-0633473 and DUE-1044724
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