Open-Source Virtual Labs with Failure-Mode-Inspired Physics and Optics Experiments

Sukmock Lee, Charlotte Guthery, Daewook Kim, Addison Calkins

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An essential goal for physics and optical science instructors is to encourage students to find excitement and beauty in physical and optical phenomena while helping them learn the theoretical concepts and conducting experiments that can test the validity of the concepts. Such motivation largely relies on realistic hands-on lab opportunities where students can interact with physics-based phenomena as well as their corresponding laws and principles. Virtual simulation and modeling tools provide a great alternative to deliver interactive experiences when participating in physical lab environments is limited or unavailable (i.e., during distance learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic). The use of computer-based simulations can improve students' ability to make predictions and explain the phenomena practiced in the experiments. The educational value of virtual labs has been extensively investigated and reported, showing that students who use simulated equipment outperformed their peers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)453-456
Number of pages4
JournalPhysics Teacher
Issue number6
StatePublished - Sep 1 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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