Rediscovering scientific laws in high school physics labs with mobile devices

Wing Kwong Wong, Tsung Kai Chao, Yunn Wen Lien, Chao-Jung Wu

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Abstract

Traditional physics labs in high school ask students to follow step-by-step procedure to collect data in order to confirm given physical laws. This study proposes to let students take up the role of scientist in physics labs. Modern physics labs can make use of powerful mobile technologies of smartphones and Lego Mindstorms NXT. These devices can be used to act as moving objects as well as data acquisition devices. Moreover, students are asked to find the functional relation between physical variables, e.g., pendulum length and pendulum period, by detecting patterns in experimental data. An empirical study was done in a real high school setting and some interesting preliminary results were found.

Original languageEnglish
Pages450-452
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jan 1
Event20th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2012 - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 2012 Nov 262012 Nov 30

Other

Other20th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2012
CountrySingapore
CitySingapore
Period12/11/2612/11/30

Keywords

  • Hypothesis generation
  • Mobile devices
  • Pattern finding
  • Physics labs
  • Scientific discovery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Education

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    Wong, W. K., Chao, T. K., Lien, Y. W., & Wu, C-J. (2012). Rediscovering scientific laws in high school physics labs with mobile devices. 450-452. Paper presented at 20th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2012, Singapore, Singapore.