No Separate Reality
Many students learn the physics
of motion in the lab as a separate reality from the way that the
world works. Air tracks and ultrasonic motion detectors enforce
linear conditions that some students view as artificial, hence,
they do not apply this learning to the real world. These students
may learn physics for the exam but don't understand how to apply
it in real world situations. Using Motion Visualizer 3D, students
can build on their lifetime of experience in the 3D world. They
do not have to unlearn what they know about motion to fit the
limitations of the recording equipment. If students learn physics
in their own world they will learn better.
Developing a Spatial Sense
With Motion Visualizer 3D, students capture the
actual motion that they see on a three-dimensional graph that
they can rotate and view from any direction. They learn how to
interpret the shape of the motion and the importance of point-of-view
when representing a shape on the screen in two-dimensions.
tools that help students develop a spatial sense exist, yet the
ability to interpret space is a strong predictor for those who
will pursue studies of science and mathematics. Motion Visualizer
3D comes with activities that help students develop their spatial
Using Motion Visualizer 3D helps students understand
the many representations from graphs found in the newspaper, to
topographic maps, blueprints, or CAD diagrams.
Motion of a bounced ping-pong ball.