June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
Engineering Physics & Physics
23.477.1 - 23.477.10
Embedding computation with experimentation in the sophomore and upper-level Physics curriculum At the University of XXXX Physics Department, we have begun an ambitious, collaborativeproject to effectively embed computation and experimentation in five required Physics coursesthat span our sophomore and upper-level offerings: Applications of Modern Physics, Electricityand Magnetism, Theoretical Mechanics, Optics, and Quantum Mechanics. The laboratory for ourApplications of Modern Physics course, which is a required course for all Physics and ElectricalEngineering majors, is being redeveloped to serve as an introduction to computer simulation.This means that all of our students are now expected to be proficient in a common computationallanguage (MATLAB), which can then be used as a tool in upper-level courses. The goals of ourPhysics department’s curriculum development efforts in the coming years are: (1) to take advantage of that common tool by embedding MATLAB in large and small ways throughout the curriculum, from simple tasks such as plotting functions, to sophisticated tasks such as simulating the dynamics of a complex system, and (2) to connect the theory and idealized physical systems presented in lecture with real systems through the use of computer simulation and validation experiments. It is our hope that through continued exposure, our students will embrace computation withMATLAB as a particularly useful tool in their arsenal. In this paper, we will describe our project, which involves five faculty members from thePhysics department who are working collaboratively in the development of curricula, and anadvisor from the School of Engineering with expertise in Education.
Lopez del Puerto, M., & Green, A. S., & Jalkio, J. A., & Johnston, M., & Ohmann, P. R. (2013, June), Embedding computation with experimentation in the sophomore and upper-level Physics curriculum Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/19491
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