Visualizing relativity: the effects of a visual modeling tool on students’ reasoning about special relativity in pre-university education.

Summary

Recently, Einstein’s special relativity theory (SRT) was added to the physics curriculum for Dutch pre-university education. As the features of SRT are highly abstract and very remote from every day experience, learning difficulties have been widely reported. It is hypothesised that visualization, or mental imagery, of exemplifying thought experiments may offer a potential solution to this problem. The aim of this project is to investigate students’ interaction with a visual computational modeling tool and its effects on students’ reasoning about SRT. Finally, the results of this study will be implemented into a whole-class lesson series.

Details

Project number

023.013.003

Main applicant

P. Alstein

Affiliated with

Openbaar Lyceum De Amersfoortse Berg

Duration

01/09/2019 to 01/09/2025