In the teaching and learning of physics, simulations have many applications. Simulations can help to illuminate concepts (such as the motion of electrons in electric or magnetic fields) that cannot usually be seen with the unaided eye, or to slow down things that happen over short time periods or at high speeds. They can also be used to help students explore physics for themselves and allow students to see things from multiple perspectives, such as with accompanying graphs, bar charts, or motion diagrams. Other papers have expanded on the many uses of simulations, and have demonstrated the effectiveness of simulations for student learning, as evidenced by student interviews, for instance. In this pandemic era, in which much teaching and learning is happening online, simulations can also be useful for remote learners, who can benefit from simulation-based labs.
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Andrew G. Duffy; 200 HTML5 Simulations for Introductory Physics. Phys. Teach. 1 November 2021; 59 (8): 654–655. https://doi.org/10.1119/10.0006921
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