12-15 July 2011
Saint George Hotel
Africa/Johannesburg timezone

Visualizing Physics: Good Vibrations

15 Jul 2011, 08:15


Oral Presentation Track E - Physics Education Education


Mr Derek Fish (University of Zululand)


This talk forms part of the author’s Masters investigation into perceptions of Physics in school visitors to Unizul Science Centre. Visitors typically fall into three distinct groups with very different needs and responses. Those coming from: rural schools, township schools and urban schools. In this study, pupils were exposed to an interactive Science Show: Good Vibrations, presenting the basics of sound and waves through musical instruments. They were then asked to respond to questions requiring both written and graphical answers. From these, conclusions are drawn as to the ability of these pupils to understand sound both visually and conceptually. These conclusions will be used to inform best practice when dealing with different groups of visitors with different needs.

Would you like to <br> submit a short paper <br> for the Conference <br> Proceedings (Yes / No)? Yes
Consider for a student <br> &nbsp; award (Yes / No)? Yes
Level (Hons, MSc, <br> &nbsp; PhD, other)? MSc

Primary author

Mr Derek Fish (University of Zululand)

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