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Effective physics analogies

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Allan HarrisonAllan Harrison
The abstract nature of physics concepts particularly challenges teachers and students. For instance, how do we describe forces, in particular, forces that act at a distance, like gravity, magnetism, and electric force? How can we explain refraction? A ray of light bends toward the normal as it passes from air to water because it slows down, by why does it slow down and how does this slowing down change the direction of a photon? And how do we easily explain nuclear decay and radioactivity? sophisticated quantum explanations are available to physicists, but where are the everyday explanations that school teachers can use with elementary and middle school students?

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Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

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Editor

Harrison AG; Coll RK

Parent Title

Using analogies in middle and secondary science classrooms : the FAR guide - an interesting way to teach with analogies

Start Page

175

End Page

230

Number of Pages

56

ISBN-13

9781412913331

Publisher

Corwin Press

Place of Publication

Thousand Oaks, CA

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Education; Not affiliated to a Research Institute;

Era Eligible

Yes

Number of Chapters

9

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