Conclusions

 

1. Relativistic effects are difficult to investigate experimentally in Introductory Laboratory

2. Physlet simulations enable students to visualize and explore the phenomena interactively

3. Lab reports highlight misconceptions,       providing useful feedback for targeted instruction

References and Useful Links

 Talk:  http://webphysics.davidson.edu/faculty/thg/talks-posters/aps-04/html/welcome.html

 Lab:  http://webphysics.davidson.edu/Course_Material/Py230L/relativity/relativity.htm

 Paper “Teaching Special Relativity with Physlets,” Mario Belloni, Wolfgang Christian, and Melissa H. Dancy, The Physics Teacher, 42, May 2004.

 Resources http://webphysics.davidson.edu/physlet_resources/special_relativity/  (simultaneity, space-time lattices, and space-time diagrams)