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iPad App Review: HSVPL Newton’s 2nd Law of Motion

App Name: HSVPL Newton's 2nd Law Of Motion

Cost: Free  

What does it promise?  The Newton’s Second Law lab uses a laboratory cart to investigate the relationships among the force applied to an object and the mass and acceleration of the object.

Newtons second lawDoes it deliver? Absolutely. In addition to a 3D simulation that produces realistic data, each lab contained in the app includes introductory videos, background theory, experimental procedure, analysis and reporting tools, pre- and post-lab quizzes and teacher support materials.

These virtual labs can serve as replacements for, or supplements to, hands-on labs, especially when equipment is not available. They are also a suitable option for students in distance learning situations. Formative and summative evaluations showed no significant difference in learning between students using the virtual labs and those using hands-on labs. Preliminary results suggest increased learning by students using the virtual labs as supplements to hands-on experiences.

A wonderful way to use Newton’s Second Law in a traditional experiment setting is to complete the experiment in the app, then replicate it in real life to see how the results differ.

Can I use it in my classroom?  A valuable teaching tool, this app can enhance a traditional science lesson or even replace it.

All apps can be found in the iPad apps store under education.

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Article by Jason Tomaszewski, EducationWorld Associate Editor
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