Atwood’s Machine and Electromagnetic Induction: A Real Quantitative Experiment to Analyze Students’ Ways of Reasoning
Giacomo Bozzo 1, Marisa Michelini 2, Assunta Bonanno 3, Alberto Stefanel 2 *
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1 Secondary School “G.B. Quadri”, Vicenza, ITALY
2 Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics, University of Udine, Udine, ITALY
3 Department of Biology, Ecology and Earth Sciences, University of Calabria, Cosenza, ITALY
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We report a research-based proposal on electromagnetic induction within the theoretical framework of the Model of Educational Reconstruction. The proposal is based on a sequence of inquiry-based experimental activities centered on hands-on materials and Real-Time quantitative experiments, through which students explore the phenomenology of electromagnetic induction. The sequence was planned to address Faraday-Neumann-Lenz law analyzing the involved physics quantities and constructing quantitative relationships between them. Our hypothesis was based on the idea that phenomenological explorations performed through online sensors promote a functional understanding of electromagnetic induction and help students to face the conceptual knots highlighted by international literature about these phenomena.
The educational sequence was proposed to a sample of 87 high school students with the aim of analyzing the evolution of the educational processes employing a set of inquiry-based tutorials. The qualitative analysis of students’ answers demonstrates that students increased their knowledges in the analysis of electromagnetic induction phenomena recognizing the fundamental role of time-variation of the magnetic field flux in the Faraday-Neumann-Lenz law.


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Article Type: Research Article

EURASIA J Math Sci Tech Ed, 2022 - Volume 18 Issue 2, Article No: em2077

Publication date: 17 Jan 2022

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