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Modern Electronics: Teaching Economics to High School Students with a System Dynamics Simulator
Author(s): Gary B. Hirsch Subject: Social Studies
  Teaching economics with a simulator can actively engage students and help them learn more effectively. This paper describes a simulator that teaches students economics in terms of a familiar economic institution, the retail store. The simulator casts the
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Using Dynamic Simulation to Teach Physics in a Real-World Context
Author(s): Gary B. Hirsch Subject: Science
  This paper describes a family of simulators that have been developed to teach several topics in physics, including circular motion, collisions, energy storage, and heat flow. These simulators provide students with laboratories for experimenting with the phenomena in the context of real world situations such as driving, home energy conservation, and sports. The paper contrasts dynamic simulation and traditional approaches to teaching physics. It also discusses the value of simulators with "user friendly" interfaces, compared to using System Dynamics models alone. The paper describes how each phenomenon was modeled and presents interfaces for each simulator. Note: The simulator works only with Windows.

Complex Systems Connection: Incorrect High-Leverage Policies. Physical systems can be feedback-rich, complex systems, in the same manner as social systems. They can provide counterintuitive responses to leverage points. In these simulations, students can experience some of the consequences of pushing high-leverage policies in the wrong direction.
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