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Algodoo: A Tool for Encouraging Creativity in Physics Teaching and Learning
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Physics Didactics. (Division of Physics Education Research)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9185-628X
Department of Science and Mathematics Education, Umeå University, Sweden.
2017 (English)In: Physics Teacher, ISSN 0031-921X, E-ISSN 1943-4928, Vol. 55, no 1, 25-28 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Algodoo (http://www.algodoo.com) is a digital sandbox for physics 2D simulations. It allows students and teachers to easily create simulated “scenes” and explore physics through a user-friendly and visually attractive interface. In this paper, we present different ways in which students and teachers can use Algodoo to visualize and solve physics problems, investigate phenomena and processes, and engage in out-of-school activities and projects. Algodoo, with its approachable interface, inhabits a middle ground between computer games and “serious” computer modeling. It is suitable as an entry-level modeling tool for students of all ages and can facilitate discussions about the role of computer modeling in physics.

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2017. Vol. 55, no 1, 25-28 p.
Keyword [en]
Algodoo, comupter simulation, modeling, creativity
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Other Physics Topics
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Physics with specialization in Physics Education
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-311944DOI: 10.1119/1.4972493OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-311944DiVA: diva2:1061847
Available from: 2017-01-03 Created: 2017-01-03 Last updated: 2017-01-04Bibliographically approved

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