Simulating Forces - Learning Through Touch, Virtual Laboratories

by   Felix G. Hamza-Lup, et al.

With the expansion of e-learning course curricula and the affordability of haptic devices, at-home virtual laboratories are emerging as an increasingly viable option for e-learners. We outline three novel haptic simulations for the introductory physics concepts of friction, the Coriolis Effect, and Precession. These simulations provide force feedback through one or more Novint Falcon devices, allowing students to "feel" the forces at work in a controlled learning environment. This multi-modal approach to education (beyond the audiovisual) may lead to increased interest and immersion for e-learners and appeal to the kinesthetic learners who may struggle in a traditional e-learning course setting.


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