Developed by: Wolfgang Christian
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What? Small, flexible, educational physics applets using simple graphics to convey only salient features of physical phenomena; Modifiable and adaptable, they are designed for use in quizzes, homework problems, and Just in Time Teaching activities. Appropriate for almost any curriculum or teaching style.
Student skills developed
- Conceptual understanding
- Problem-solving skills
- Using multiple representations
- Lab skills
- Designing experiments
Instructor effort required
- Computers for students
You can access the Physlet Physics 3E and Physlet Quantum Physics 3E interactive texts and instructor's guides, with hundreds of ready-to-run interactive exercises for teaching physics, for free from the Physlets curriculum page on PhysPort.
This is the third highest level of research validation, corresponding to:
- at least 1 of the "based on" categories
- at least 1 of the "demonstrated to improve" categories
- at least 1 of the "studied using" categories
Research Validation Summary
Based on Research Into:
- theories of how students learn
- student ideas about specific topics
Demonstrated to Improve:
- conceptual understanding
- problem-solving skills
- lab skills
- beliefs and attitudes
- retention of students
- success of underrepresented groups
- performance in subsequent classes
- cycle of research and redevelopment
- student interviews
- classroom observations
- analysis of written work
- research at multiple institutions
- research by multiple groups
- peer-reviewed publication
- M. Belloni and W. Christian, Physlets for Quantum Mechanics, Comp. Sci. Eng. 5 (1), 90 (2003).
- M. Belloni, W. Christian, and A. Cox, Teaching Qualitative Energy-eigenfunction Shape with Physlets, Phys. Teach. 45 (8), 488 (2007).
- M. Belloni, W. Christian, and M. Dancy, Teaching Special Relativity Using Physlets®, Phys. Teach. 42 (5), 284 (2004).
- S. Bonham, J. Risley, and W. Christian, Using Physlets to Teach Electrostatics, Phys. Teach. 37 (5), 276 (1999).
- W. Christian, M. Belloni, F. Esquembre, B. Mason, L. Barbato, and M. Riggsbee, The Physlet Approach to Simulation Design, Phys. Teach. 53 (7), 419 (2015).
- W. Christian, M. Belloni, D. Sokolowska, A. Cox, and M. Dancy, Teaching with Physlets, Phys. Educ. 55 (4), (2020).
- A. Cox, M. Belloni, and W. Christian, Teaching Physics with Physlet®-Based Ranking Task Exercises, Phys. Teach. 43 (9), 587 (2005).
- M. Dancy, W. Christian, and M. Belloni, Teaching with Physlets®: Examples From Optics, Phys. Teach. 40 (8), 494 (2002).
- K. Lee, G. Nicoll, and D. Brooks, A Comparison of Inquiry and Worked Example Web-Based Instruction Using Physlets, J. Sci. Educ. Tech. 13 (1), 81 (2004).