SimPhysics: Learning Conservation of Energy through Simulations

SimPhysics: Learning Conservation of Energy through Simulations

Researchers: Douglas Huang, Sorachai Kornkasem

SimPhysics uses a 3-D force feedback joystick to allow students to interact with a simulated environment. This unique simulation allows students to feel the weight of the object that they are holding or moving, as they would in real life. The specific simulation is a catapult that is used to teach mechanical energy transformation and conservation. When playing with SimPhysics, students can feel the differences in the weight of the projectile, feel how different types of energy affect the projectile in the air, and see how energy is transformed.

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