Lakshman S. Myneni, N. Hari Narayanan
This paper presents a learning environment called the Virtual Physics System (ViPS) that helps students learn physics concepts in the context of pulleys, a class of simple machines that are difficult to construct and experiment with in the real world. ViPS is novel in that it combines simulation and tutoring, identifies student misconceptions, customizes tutoring accordingly, and employs a pedagogical strategy of guiding students in problem solving through construction and simulation of pulley setups. An evaluation study showed that ViPS is effective in helping students learn and overcome their misconceptions.
The final publication is available at Springer via https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-30950-2_31.