The Elastic Body Model: A Pedagogical Aproach Integrating Real Time Measurements and Modelling Activities

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Abstract

In this paper, we describe a pedagogical approach to elastic body movement based on measurements of the contact times between a metallic rod and small bodies colliding with it and on modelling of the experimental results by using a microcomputer-based laboratory and simulation tools. The experiments and modelling activities have been built in the context of thelaboratory of mechanical wave propagation of the two-year graduate teacher education programme of Palermo’s University. Some considerations about observed modifications in trainee teachers’ attitudes in utilizing experiments and modelling are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)991-1005
Number of pages15
JournalEuropean Journal of Physics
Volume28
Publication statusPublished - 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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