20-22 May 2015
Asia/Bangkok timezone
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Students’ physics laboratory skill in measurement and uncertainty

20 May 2015, 15:00
15m
White Lotus ()

White Lotus

Oral presentation Physics Education Physics Education (APRU)

Speaker

Mr. Ariyaphol Jiwalak (Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Mahidol University, Bangkok, THAILAND 10400)

Description

This study investigates students’ skill in physics laboratory; in particular, measurement and uncertainty. Data were obtained from undergraduate physics students from various universities in Thailand, including the second-year physics students at Mahidol University. It was found from pre-test that most students, who have already passed the introductory physics laboratory class, still lack of these two basic skills. In academic year 2014, the second-year physics students at Mahidol University were trained about basic laboratory skills in the first day of laboratory class and once again after they had been learning for half of the semester. Student performance during laboratory class was observed and the students’ laboratory reports were also collected. In the second semester, a worksheet was constructed and applied in a second-year physics laboratory class at Mahidol University. The worksheet containing four laboratory questions was created for helping students’ learning in the possible sources of uncertainty in a measurement. The post-test responses of students will be analyzed to assess students’ achievement. The effectiveness of the worksheet will be compared with traditional instruction. It is expected that the worksheet could help improve students’ skill in measurement and uncertainty.

Primary author

Mr. Ariyaphol Jiwalak (Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Mahidol University, Bangkok, THAILAND 10400)

Co-authors

Dr. Kwan Arayathanitkul (Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Mahidol University, Bangkok, THAILAND 10400) Dr. Narumon Emarat (Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Mahidol University, Bangkok, THAILAND 10400)

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