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written by Marcos D. Caballero, Matthew A. Kohlmyer, and Michael F. Schatz
Students taking introductory physics are rarely exposed to computational modeling. In a one-semester large lecture introductory calculus-based mechanics course at Georgia Tech, students learned to solve physics problems using the VPython programming environment. During the term 1357 students in this course solved a suite of fourteen computational modeling homework questions delivered using an online commercial course management system. Their proficiency with computational modeling was evaluated in a proctored environment using a novel central force problem. The majority of students (60.4%) successfully completed the evaluation. Analysis of erroneous student-submitted programs indicated that a small set of student errors explained why most programs failed. We discuss the design and implementation of the computational modeling homework and evaluation, the results from the evaluation and the implications for instruction in computational modeling in introductory STEM courses.
Physics Education Research Conference 2011
Part of the PER Conference Invited Paper series
Omaha, Nebraska: August 3-4, 2011
Volume 1413, Pages 15-18
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© 2011 American Institute of Physics
DOI:
10.1063/1.3679982
NSF Numbers:
0618519
0942076
PACSs:
01.40.Fk
01.40.G-
01.40.gb
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Modeling, PERC 2011
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M. Caballero, M. Kohlmyer, and M. Schatz, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska, 2011, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11799&DocID=2651).
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M. Caballero, M. Kohlmyer, and M. Schatz, Fostering Computational Thinking In Introductory Mechanics presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska, 2011, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11799&DocID=2651>.
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Caballero, M., Kohlmyer, M., & Schatz, M. (2011, August 3-4). Fostering Computational Thinking In Introductory Mechanics. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska. Retrieved July 30, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11799&DocID=2651
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Caballero, M, M. Kohlmyer, and M. Schatz. "Fostering Computational Thinking In Introductory Mechanics." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska, August 3-4, 2011. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11799&DocID=2651 (accessed 30 July 2014).
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Caballero, Marcos, Matthew Kohlmyer, and Michael Schatz. "Fostering Computational Thinking In Introductory Mechanics." Physics Education Research Conference 2011. Omaha, Nebraska: 2011. 15-18 Vol. 1413 of PER Conference Invited Paper. 30 July 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11799&DocID=2651>.
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