Interactive Computation for Undergraduates: The Next Generation
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A generation ago (29 years ago), Leo Kadanoff and Michael Vinson created the Computers, Chaos, and Physics course. A major pedagogical thrust of this course was to help students form and test hypotheses via computer simulation of small problems in physics. Recently, this aspect of the 1987 course has been revived for use with first year physics undergraduate students at St. Olaf College.
KeywordsComputational Physics Pedagogy Education
I wish to thank Jason Engbrecht, Matthew Wiebold, and Jay Tasson for their work in helping design the St. Olaf computational curriculum and Sue Coppersmith, Tom Witten, and Michael Vinson for conversations about their experiences with the CCP course.
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