Computer simulations in the science classroom

  • Richards J
  • Barowy W
  • Levin D
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Abstract

Explorer is an interactive environment based on a constructivist epistemology of learning that integrates animated computer models with analytic capabilities for learning science. The system includes graphs, a spreadsheet, scripting, and interactive tools. Two examples involving the dynamics of colliding objects and electric circuits illustrate the software's effectiveness. (MDH)

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  • Scientific models
  • computer simulations
  • science education

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Authors

  • John Richards

  • William Barowy

  • Dov Levin

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