Improving Physics learning with virtual environments: an example on the phases of water
AbstractUsually students have misconceptions on the microscopic structure and behaviour of matter. In order to overcome these difficulties computer-based worlds seem useful to visualize physical and chemical processes allowing for a better conceptual understanding. Since more 3-D virtual environments need to be explored and evaluated in science education, we have built a 3-D virtual environment – “Virtual Water” – to support the learning of Physics and Chemistry at the final high school and first-year university levels. It is centered in the microscopic structure of water and explores concepts related to water phases and the transitions between them.