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Using Computational Simulations to Confront Students' Mental Models


Physics Education Volume 49, Number 2, ISSN 0031-9120


In this paper we show an example of how to use a computational simulation to obtain visual feedback for students' mental models, and compare their predictions with the simulated system's behaviour. Additionally, we use the computational simulation to incrementally modify the students' mental models in order to accommodate new data, and receive visual feedback for those modifications.


Rodrigues, R. & Carvalho, P.S. (2014). Using Computational Simulations to Confront Students' Mental Models. Physics Education, 49(2), 195-200. Retrieved April 21, 2019 from .

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