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


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.





P. Alstein

Verbonden aan

Openbaar Lyceum De Amersfoortse Berg


01/09/2019 tot 01/09/2025