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Laboratory experience is a key aspect in teaching physics in lower and upper secondary school in Italy. Many research studies have shown that lab experience can contribute to student motivation. In Italy, however, many schools do not have a science lab or have out of date instruments; some even lack specialized personnel capable of operating the lab. Simulated online physics experiments could help fill these gaps. In this paper, we present a simulation regarding the conservation of mechanical energy available online at the Colorado PhET website.
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