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Computer Simulation vs. Demonstration in the Introductory Physics Lecture
  Location: SS Ballroom DE
  Date: Wednesday, Aug.3
  Time: 9:10 AM -9:20 AM
  Author: Monica Pierri-Galvao, Marywood University
570-348-6211, mpierrigalvao@marywood.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: Students today belong to a computer generation. They grew up playing video games and using computers for all their learning and entertainment needs. In view of this new student profile, it is worth asking the question if learning can be enhanced by replacing traditional demos with computer simulations in the lecture setting. To investigate this issue, we replaced four demonstrations with simulations in an introductory physics course and compared the learning outcomes with a pre- and post-test.
  Footnotes: None
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