Observing Students' Difficulties with

Computer Modeling

08/03


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Observing Students' Difficulties with Computer Modeling

Matter & Interactions

Why computer modeling?

VPython

Motivation for the study

Study

Study

In general:

3D vectors: session 1

In a VPython program ...

Results of session 1

Planetary orbits: session 2

Objects, initial conditions, constants

Dynamics

Results of session 2

"Missing the point"

Structure of model: session3

Structure of model: session 3

Results of session 3

Implications for instruction

Revisions to instruction

Author: Matthew A. Kohlmyer, Ruth Chabay, & Bruce Sherwood

Email: makohlmy@unity.ncsu.edu

Home Page: www.ncsu.edu/PER

Other information:
AAPT summer meeting, Aug 2003, Madison