PhET Interactive Simulations: New Tools to Achieve Common Core Core Mathematics Standards

  • Hensberry K
  • Moore E
  • Paul A
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This chapter focuses on the design and use of interactive simulations as a powerful tool for learning mathematics. Since 2002, the PhET Interactive Simulations project at the University of Colorado Boulder ( has been developing and studying the use of interactive simulations in teach- ing and learning STEM. While the project’s initial work focused on science learning, the project now includes a significant effort in mathematics learning. In this chapter, the authors describe the PhET project, including theoretical perspective, design goals, and research-based simulation design principles. They demonstrate how these design principles are applied to simulations, describe how they support achievement of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM), and provide supporting evidence from individual student interviews. Finally, the authors discuss various approaches to using these simulations in class and provide guidance on leveraging their capabilities to support knowledge construction

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  • K.K.R Hensberry

  • E. B. Moore

  • A. J. Paul

  • N. S. Podolefsky

  • K. P. Perkins

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