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  Session: Physics Education Research
  Paper Type: Poster
  Title: Does Physics Instruction Enhance Identification of Physics Errors in Games?
  Meeting: 2017 Winter Meeting: Atlanta, Georgia
  Location: N/A
  Time: 9:15PM
  Author: Theodore J. Sobolewski,
Indiana University of Pennsylvania,
(724) 357-2370, vjwt@iup.edu
  Co-Author(s): Stanley J. Sobolewski,
  Abstract: Video games and computer simulations have become ubiquitous in teaching physics. It is possible for a student to take a course in physics where all of the demonstrations and examples are presented on a screen. While the models presented in a class correctly portray physical laws, this may not be true when the learner plays a video game. Video games may not accurately portray reality. We wonder if formal instruction in physics will allow the subject to identify physics errors in the game. Subjects are presented with a physics simulation video game where the rules of physics may be obeyed or ignored. Subjects are then asked if the parts of the video game correctly represented the real life situation. Preliminary findings indicate that students do not notice physics inaccuracies.
  Footnotes: Stanley Sobolewski
  Presentation: Poster Sobolewski-T.docx

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