Learning Physics with Wolfram Alpha

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Title: Learning Physics with Wolfram Alpha
Authors: Escobar García, Isabel | Cebrián Sánchez, Belén | Arribas Garde, Enrique | Franco, María Teresa | Suárez Rodríguez, Carmen del Pilar | Vidales, Sarahi | Nájera López, Alberto | Beléndez, Augusto
Research Group/s: Holografía y Procesado Óptico | GITE - Física, Óptica y Telecomunicaciones
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha. Departamento de Física Aplicada | Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha. Departamento de Ciencias Médicas | ESIMEZ, Instituto Politécnico Nacional, México DF | Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí, Tamazunchale (México) | Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Física, Ingeniería de Sistemas y Teoría de la Señal
Keywords: Active learning | University teaching | Mobile devices
Knowledge Area: Física Aplicada
Date Created: 28-Jan-2016
Issue Date: 7-Mar-2016
Publisher: International Association of Technology, Education and Development (IATED)
Citation: ESCOBAR GARCÍA, Isabel et al. “Learning Physics with Wolfram Alpha”. En: INTED2016 proceedings [Recurso electrónico]: International Technology, Education and Development Conference, Valencia (Spain), March 7th-9th, 2016. Valencia: IATED, 2016. ISBN 978-84-608-5617-7, pp. 5598-5602
Abstract: We believe we are at the beginning of a new Big Bang. This great explosion places us at the dawn of a new era in learning Physics, and we would like to participate in this fascinating process. Mobile devices are exponentially growing amongst our students, so we are convinced that they must be used to promote active learning. In this work, we will focus on several apps from Wolfram Research Company: Wolfram Alpha, Wolfram Alpha Viewer, Physics I and Physics II. All of them have many possibilities to achieve an autonomous and active learning. These apps allow users to select different options from a specific menu, enter values of the required parameters and the app calculates by itself the magnitude involved in the process. In addition, these apps also allow us to study the major laws of Physics, to look for the different units of the International System of Units or even to manage the most common physical constants. We are convinced that there is a necessity of developing more applications for smartphones that will empower a meaningful learning of Physics using apps for the operating systems iOS, Android, Windows Phone and those that arise in the future. This opportunity, which is provided to us by the new technologies, cannot be unexploited. We must strongly engage into this topic to achieve a meaningful learning.
Sponsor: AB thanks the “Generalitat Valenciana” of Spain (project PROMETEOII/2015/015) and the "Vicerrectorado de Tecnologías de la Información" of the University of Alicante, Spain (project GITE-09006-UA).
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/53734
ISBN: 978-84-608-5617-7
ISSN: 2340-1079
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/conferenceObject
Rights: © 2016, IATED
Peer Review: si
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