We discuss an educational approach to some different physical phenomena that can be explained by means of stochastic toy models, and explored by students with rolling dice. The discussion of the physical principles governing the phenomena, proceeds through a recurrent comparison between the outcomes obtained with the toy models and the results of real experiments. The educational proposal allows students to compare experimental data they obtain to both analytical results and simulations. The effectiveness of our approach was tested both with groups of undergraduate students and with a group of on service teachers.

From the dicey world to the physical laws: dice toy models for bridging microscopic and macroscopic understanding of physical phenomena / Onorato, Pasquale; Gratton, Luigi M; Oss, Stefano; Malgieri, Massimiliano. - In: JOURNAL OF PHYSICS. CONFERENCE SERIES. - ISSN 1742-6588. - 1287:(2019), p. 012026. ((Intervento presentato al convegno GIREP-ICPE-EPEC 2017 Conference tenutosi a Dublin nel August-Sept 2017 [10.1088/1742-6596/1287/1/012026].

From the dicey world to the physical laws: dice toy models for bridging microscopic and macroscopic understanding of physical phenomena

Onorato, Pasquale;Oss, Stefano;
2019

Abstract

We discuss an educational approach to some different physical phenomena that can be explained by means of stochastic toy models, and explored by students with rolling dice. The discussion of the physical principles governing the phenomena, proceeds through a recurrent comparison between the outcomes obtained with the toy models and the results of real experiments. The educational proposal allows students to compare experimental data they obtain to both analytical results and simulations. The effectiveness of our approach was tested both with groups of undergraduate students and with a group of on service teachers.
Journal of Physics: Conf. Series
Bristol
IOP Publishing
Onorato, Pasquale; Gratton, Luigi M; Oss, Stefano; Malgieri, Massimiliano
From the dicey world to the physical laws: dice toy models for bridging microscopic and macroscopic understanding of physical phenomena / Onorato, Pasquale; Gratton, Luigi M; Oss, Stefano; Malgieri, Massimiliano. - In: JOURNAL OF PHYSICS. CONFERENCE SERIES. - ISSN 1742-6588. - 1287:(2019), p. 012026. ((Intervento presentato al convegno GIREP-ICPE-EPEC 2017 Conference tenutosi a Dublin nel August-Sept 2017 [10.1088/1742-6596/1287/1/012026].
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