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RE: Learning from simulations

Well, I guess that leaves a little bit for us teacher-types to


Dr. Mark H. Shapiro
Physics Department
California State University, Fullerton
Fullerton, CA 92834-6866

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-----Original Message-----
From: Ludwik Kowalski []
Sent: Sunday, October 25, 1998 1:56 AM
Subject: Learning from simulations

Referring to the article of David Hestenes ("Modeling Software
for Learning and Doing Physics" in THINKING PHYSICS FOR
TEACHING, edited by Carlo Bernardini et al, Plenum Press, New
York, 1995 (p. 25 -65) Jane Jackson wrote (today's message on the
physLRNR list):

I asked David if he has this on his web page, because I find it very
insightful. He promised to put it there soon. I'll let you know
when it's up.)

Please do! Here is a quotation worth thinking about:

Hestenes said,
The greatest deficiency of simulation software like INTERACTIVE
PHYSICS is that it fails to explicate (i.e., make explicit) the
of the underlying model that generates the computer animations.