Date: Wed Apr 25 17:25:53 2007

Author: simcha Segev

Subject: Re: Articles supporting demonstration use

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One of our faculty wrote an article few years ago covering most subject =
of
Teaching Physics http://zufo.tau.ac.il/~dagan/teaching/main.html =20

in the page regarding demonstrations
http://alzt.tau.ac.il/~dagan/talk/demo.html he wrote =93.... The
Demonstrations are Physics experiments done in class. For subjects with
experimental grounds, such as elementary Mechanics and Electricity, =
Waves
and Optics, introductions to Thermodynamics and Modern Physics etc., the
demonstrations are a must. ....=94 What else can I say=85=20

Another paragraph in this link
http://alzt.tau.ac.il/~dagan/teaching/rest.html says:

=93The choice and preparation of physics demonstrations is a more =
complicated
procedure. The teacher has to inquire what kind of demonstrations, =
related
to the topics he is teaching, are available. At the School of Physics
we are very lucky to have an excellent
demonstration lab with dedicated technical staff. There is also a web =
page
(Hebrew) for helping the =
teachers
to make their choice. The teacher should order, view and perform the
demonstration before the lecture. One has to take into account the =
length of
time needed for the demonstration to be prepared.=94

There is also a nice explanation of an =93Gedanken Experiment=94
http://alzt.tau.ac.il/~dagan/talk/demo1.html

Regards to all, Simcha =20

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Simcha Segev =96 Technical Manager

Physics Demonstration Lab

School of Physics and Astronomy

Tel Aviv University, Ramat aviv, Israel

Tel. 972-3-6408077 Fax. 972-3-6429306

E-mail: simcha@post.tau.ac.il

Web site : http://www.tau.ac.il/~simcha

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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=EE=E0=FA: tap-l-owner@lists.ncsu.edu =
[mailto:tap-l-owner@lists.ncsu.edu] =E1=F9=ED
Wolfgang Rueckner
=F0=F9=EC=E7: =E3 25 =E0=F4=F8=E9=EC 2007 15:25
=E0=EC: tap-l@lists.ncsu.edu
=F0=E5=F9=E0: Re: [tap-l] Articles supporting demonstration use

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This one's by Eric and catherine:

=20

http://scitation.aip.org/vsearch/servlet/VerityServlet?KEY=3DAJPIAS

&CURRENT=3DNO&ONLINE=3DYES&smode=3Dstrresults&sort=3Drel&maxdisp=3D25&thr=
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rnals=3DAJPIAS&pyears=3D2001%2C2000%2C1999&possible1=3DMazur%2C+Crouch&po=
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=20

Bottom line is that they found demos to be more effective when students =
are
asked to discuss and predict the outcome. -- Wolfgang

=20

=20

=20

On Apr 25, 2007, at 8:19 AM, Gerald Zani wrote:

=20

Dick,

Assessing student learning of Newton's laws: The Force and Motion =
Conceptual
Evaluation and the Evaluation of Active Learning Laboratory and Lecture
Curricula=20
Ronald K. Thornton and David R. Sokoloff=20
Am. J. Phys. 66, 338 (1998)

-- JZ

At 07:37 AM 4/25/2007, you wrote:



Folks,

Does anyone have references in the physics education (or other) =
literature
presenting the values of using demonstrations in teaching physics, =
perhaps
even using scientific data and studies? Or even anecdotal evidsence. I =
must
say that I do not have specific scientific literature on this subject, =
so I
may be forced to believe that the whole thing about use of =
demonstrations is
not necessarily proven scientifically valid. (just kidding)

Thanks,

Dick

***********************************************************************
Dr. Richard E. Berg, Professor of the Practice
Director, Physics Lecture-Demonstration Facility
U.S. mail address:
Department of Physics
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742-4111
Phone: (301) 405-5994
FAX: (301) 314-9525
e-mail reberg@umd.edu
www.physics.umd.edu/lecdem
***********************************************************************

=20

Gerald Zani e-mail: Gerald_Zani@brown.edu

Manager of Demonstrations phone: (401) 863-3964

Department of Physics FAX: (401) 863-2024

Brown University Providence, RI 02912-1843 USA

http://www.physics.brown.edu/physics/demopages/demo/

http://www.physics.brown.edu/physics/userpages/staff/Gerald_Zani/index.ht=
ml

Do a little more of that work which you have confessed to be good,

Which you feel that society and your most Just Judge rightly demand of =
you.

Cultivate the tree which you have found to bear fruit in your soil.

If you have any experiments you would like to try, try them.=20

Now's your chance.

=20

Henry David Thoreau, Journal entry, 1850.

=20

=20


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One of our =
faculty wrote
an article few years ago covering most subject of =
Teaching Physics
http://zufo.tau.ac.il/~dagan/teaching/main.html =


in the page =
regarding
demonstrations http://alzt.tau.ac.i=
l/~dagan/talk/demo.html
he wrote =93.... The Demonstrations are =
Physics
experiments done in class. For subjects with experimental grounds, such =
as
elementary Mechanics and Electricity, Waves and Optics, introductions to
Thermodynamics and Modern Physics etc., the demonstrations are a must. =
....=94 What
else can I say=85

Another paragraph in this link http://alzt.tau.=
ac.il/~dagan/teaching/rest.html
says:

=93The
choice and preparation of physics demonstrations
is a more complicated procedure. The teacher has to inquire what kind of
demonstrations, related to the topics he is teaching, are available. At the School of Physics we are very =
lucky to
have an excellent demonstration lab with dedicated technical staff. =
There is
also a web page =
(Hebrew)
for helping the teachers to make their choice. The teacher =
should order, view and perform the =
demonstration
before the lecture. One has to take into account the length of time =
needed for
the demonstration to be prepared.=94

There is also a nice explanation of an =93Gedanken =
Experiment=94 http://alzt.tau.ac.=
il/~dagan/talk/demo1.html

Regards to all, Simcha

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~=
~~~~~~~~~~~~

Simcha =
Segev =96 Technical Manager

Physics =
Demonstration
Lab

School of Physics and =
Astronomy

Tel =
Aviv University,
Ramat aviv, Israel

Tel.
972-3-6408077 Fax. 972-3-6429306

E-mail:
simcha@post.tau.ac.il

Web site
: http://www.tau.ac.il/~simcha

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~=
~~~~~~~~~~~~

=


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=EE=E0=FA<=
/span>:
tap-l-owner@lists.ncsu.edu [mailto:tap-l-owner@lists.ncsu.edu] =E1=F9=ED Wolfgang Rueckner
=F0=F9=EC=E7: =E3 25 =E0=F4=F8=E9=EC 2007 15:25
=E0=EC: tap-l@lists.ncsu.edu
=F0=E5=F9=E0: Re: [tap-l] Articles supporting demonstration =
use





This one's by Eric and catherine:









http://scitation.aip.=
org/vsearch/servlet/VerityServlet?KEY=3DAJPIAS&CURRENT=3DNO&ONLIN=
E=3DYES&smode=3Dstrresults&sort=3Drel&maxdisp=3D25&thresh=
old=3D0&pjournals=3DAJPIAS&pyears=3D2001%2C2000%2C1999&possib=
le1=3DMazur%2C+Crouch&possible1zone=3Darticle&SMODE=3Dstrsearch&a=
mp;OUTLOG=3DNO&viewabs=3DAJPIAS&key=3DDISPLAY&docID=3D4&p=
age=3D1&chapter=3D0











Bottom line is that they found demos to be more effective when =
students
are asked to discuss and predict the outcome. -- =
Wolfgang























On Apr 25, 2007, at 8:19 AM, Gerald Zani =
wrote:





Dick,

Assessing student learning of Newton's laws: The Force and Motion =
Conceptual
Evaluation and the Evaluation of Active Learning Laboratory and Lecture
Curricula
Ronald K. Thornton and David R. Sokoloff
Am. J. Phys. 66, 338 (1998)

-- JZ

At 07:37 AM 4/25/2007, you wrote:



Folks,

Does anyone have references in the physics education (or other) =
literature
presenting the values of using demonstrations in teaching physics, =
perhaps even
using scientific data and studies? Or even anecdotal evidsence. I must =
say that
I do not have specific scientific literature on this subject, so I may =
be
forced to believe that the whole thing about use of demonstrations is =
not
necessarily proven scientifically valid. (just kidding)

Thanks,

Dick

***********************************************************************
Dr. Richard E. Berg, Professor of the Practice
Director, Physics Lecture-Demonstration Facility
U.S.
mail address:
Department of Physics
University of Maryland
College Park, =
MD 20742-4111
Phone: (301) 405-5994
FAX: (301) 314-9525
e-mail reberg@umd.edu
www.physics.umd.edu/lecdem
***********************************************************************





Gerald Zani e-mail: =
Gerald_Zani@brown.edu





Manager of Demonstrations phone: (401) =
863-3964





Department of Physics FAX: (401) =
863-2024





Brown =
University =
Providence, RI
02912-1843 =
USA





http://www.physics.brown.edu/physics/demopages/demo/=






http://www.physics.brown.edu/physics/userpages/staff/Ger=
ald_Zani/index.html





Do a little more of that work which you have confessed to be =
good,





Which you feel that society and your most Just Judge rightly =
demand of
you.





Cultivate the tree which you have found to bear fruit in your =
soil.





If you have any experiments you would like to try, try them. =






Now's your chance.







Henry David Thoreau, Journal entry, =
1850.

















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