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Paper: Playing with the Universe: Simulations in Astro 101
Volume: 531, ASP2020: Embracing the Future: Astronomy Teaching and Public Engagement
Page: 369
Authors: Mathews, G. S.; Duncan, D.; Hedberg, J.; Timberlake, T.
Abstract: Computer simulations are widely used tools in astronomy for understanding physical situations, interpreting observations, and identifying new phenomena to explore. Freely available simulations, such as PHET, Open Source Physics, ScienceSims, and AstroSims, enable students to engage in these same processes on their laptops and phones. In this panel, we focused on example use cases such as qualitative exploration of phenomena, visualizing phenomena from multiple perspectives, and simulation of astronomical observations. We discussed both the mechanics of using existing simulations and how they integrate with classroom goals of engagement, content mastery, and skill development. The panel also discussed gaps in the current body of simulations.
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