A PhET simulation requires several months to create, has 10,000 to 20,000 lines of code, and is tested through a series of student interviews. These simulations are used worldwide and at all levels—from grade school through upper-level university courses.
simplification of reality to enhance educa-tional effectiveness. In PhET simulations, the visual display and direct interaction help answer students’ questions and develop their understanding. Animated graphics are used to convey how scientists visualize certain phenomena such as electrons, fields, and graphs (see figure, page 683).
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Interactive computer simulations can meet both of these needs. A growing body of research analyzes their design and use. Here, we summarize some of the research of the Physics Education Technology (PhET) project, particularly that related to simulations and student motivation.
We give an overview of the Physics Educational Technology PhET project to research and develop web-based interactive simulations for teaching and learning physics.
The simulations are developed in conjunction with careful research to enhance their effectiveness as learning tools. Links to research on the use of technology for physics education. Examples of class use of the materials are also available.
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Physics Education Technology (PhET) will be promoted as a technological media in order to help learning science. PhET is a site that provides free physics and chemistry learning simulation for
PhET, which originally stood for “Physics Education Technology,” was started by Carl Wieman — a former CU Boulder physics professor and one of five Nobel Laureates from the university — when he saw the educational force that physics simulations provided to his audiences.