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PICUP Cal Poly Pomona 2013 Workshop Computational Physics for Undergraduate Physics Courses August 4-9, 2013. Computation in Introductory Mechanics K. Roos, Bradley University. Computational Skills and Learning Objectives for Intro mechanics and E&M

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PICUPCal Poly Pomona 2013 WorkshopComputational Physics for Undergraduate Physics CoursesAugust 4-9, 2013

Computation in Introductory Mechanics

K. Roos, Bradley University


Computational Skills and Learning Objectives

for Intro mechanics and E&M

* Realization: dynamics, not accessible analytically, can be studied

* Euler method

* Euler Cromer method

* Spreadsheet familiarity

* Basic error consideration

* Critical assessment of results

* How to move beyond spreadsheet, and what to move to


Does anybody really teach with spreadsheets anymore?

(They’re not very educationally trendy.)

(Isn’t it a program for business majors and

others who are technologically/mathematically challenged?)

* Free (Open Office)

* Ubiquitous

* Industry use/marketable skills

* Educational advantage – visualization of finite elements

* No time for program training; need something students can pick up quick

* It works; but not sexy or trendy


Mode of Implementation at BU

Mainly in the Labs

WeekLAB Exercise

1 COMP1D Kinematics w/Spreadsheet

2 LAB1D Motion Free Fall

3 LABF = ma

4 RECAnalytical Problem Solving

5 COMP/LAB 1D Free Fall w/Air Resistance

6 COMP 2D Free Fall w/Air resistance

7 LABImpulse Curves

8 RECAnalytical Problem Solving

9 COMPSaturn V Rocket

10 RECAnalytical Problem Solving

11 COMPOrbital Motion

12 LABFluids

13 LABSHO

14 COMPDamped Driven SHO


Computational Modules

1D Free Fall

Determining Damping factor (Drag Coefficient) of a Sports Ball in Vertical Free Fall

2D Free Fall

Realistic Projectile Realistic Trajectory of a 16” World War II Battleship Gun

Rocket Motion

Modeling the launch and flight of a Saturn V rocket: How do we get to the moon?

Orbital Motion

Moon’s orbit about Earth

Trans Lunar Injection

Planet’s orbit about Sun

Damped Driven Simple Harmonic Oscillator

SHO with damping and driving terms

Resonance


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