Oersted Medal Lecture 2007: Interactive simulations for teaching physics: What works, what doesn’t, and why

  • Wieman C
  • Perkins K
  • Adams W
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Abstract

We give an overview of the PhysicsEducational Technology (PhET) project to research and develop web-based interactive simulations for teaching and learningphysics. The design philosophy, simulation development and testing process, and range of available simulations are described. The highlights of PhET research on simulation design and effectiveness in a variety of educational settings are provided. This work has shown that a well-designed interactive simulation can be an engaging and effective tool for learningphysics.

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  • Carl E. Wieman

  • Katherine K. Perkins

  • Wendy K. Adams

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