During my first year of teaching, a mentor teacher showed me interactive PhET simulations, and it changed my curriculum forever. To be honest, I was blown away by their versatility.

Since then, I have implemented the use of many simulations in my Physics, Conceptual Physics, and Physical Science classes. Here are six different ways that I use simulations in my classroom:

1. Low Error Quantitative Analysis

Coming from a science background, I know that the more data points my students can collect, the better their analysis will be. I also know that the average 15-year-old can have short attention spans.

Sometimes using a simulation, like this 

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  • About the Author:

    Bree Barnett Dreyfuss is a physics teacher at Amador Valley High School. She also serves as a mentor at the Exploratorium Leadership Institute and an active teacher leader for the Northern California/Nevada American Association of Physics Teachers.