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Physics teaching at a distance
Mälardalen University, Department of Mathematics and Physics.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2666-7260
2002 (English)In: European Journal of Physics, ISSN 0143-0807, Vol. 23, no 5, 469-474 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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A subject such as physics which relies heavily on practical experiments is a challenge to teach in the form of a distance course. You must make choices as to whether the course includes experiments and if so on what level. With an objective that it is more important to establish concepts than to verify physical laws through precise measurements, it is possible for students to conduct experiments in their homes. Four years' experience of this kind of introductory physics course (mechanics and thermal physics) at distance is covered. The understanding of mechanical concepts as measured by the force concept inventory test shows that distance education does work in the subject of physics. The problem that some students do not complete their distance course is noted and it is suggested that this problem can be addressed by transforming established methods used in campus courses to encourage interactivity among students. A probable result of applying these methods would be an enhanced understanding of the concept of physics and problem-solving skills.

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2002. Vol. 23, no 5, 469-474 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-3249DOI: 10.1088/0143-0807/23/5/303ISI: 000178695800003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-0036748579OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-3249DiVA: diva2:115913
Available from: 2006-06-28 Created: 2006-06-28 Last updated: 2015-07-06Bibliographically approved

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