Seeing is Believing: Teaching Physics with Animations
Liz's project aims to show the usefulness of animations and interactive applications in teaching physics, a subject which frequently has concepts that are difficult to visualize. She compares students' knowledge and intuition of fundamental physics concepts before and after they view an animation or use an applet to evaluate how incorporating these elements into a lesson will impact learning. For her own part, she has created an animation with an accompanying explanation that demonstrates a concept in electricity and magnetism called Gauss's Law. She discusses the effectiveness of her animation and what she learned about teaching physics during her interactions with students.