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Presentation
Preliminary Results from the Waves and Synthesizers in Physics Project
American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) Winter Meeting (2017)
  • Benedikt W. Harrer, San José State University
  • Nigel Pasman, San José State University
Abstract
In this exploratory study, we investigate how tapping into students’ experience, expertise, and interest in music and sound supports learning about waves using musical synthesizers. Waves are at the heart of modern physics, but students have great difficulty understanding basic wave properties, even after instruction. Research shows that students who explore physics phenomena in contexts they are familiar with and interested in enlist their prior experiences as productive resources for reasoning about physics and are more likely to spend the time to achieve expert-like understandings of complex phenomena. We will present preliminary findings from our investigation.
Publication Date
Winter February, 2017
Location
Atlanta, GA
Citation Information
Benedikt W. Harrer and Nigel Pasman. "Preliminary Results from the Waves and Synthesizers in Physics Project" American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) Winter Meeting (2017)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/benedikt_harrer/32/