Overview

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Overview

A project to spread the use of open source code libraries, tools, and compiled simulations for physics and other numerical simulations.  The collection includes curriculum resources that engage students in physics, computation, and computer modeling.  These resources provide students with new ways to understand, describe, explain, and predict physical phenomena.

Type of Method Curriculum supplement, Computer simulations
Level Designed for: Intro College Calculus-basedReferences coming soon, Intro College Algebra-basedReferences coming soon, Intermediate Undergraduate, Advanced Undergraduate, Graduate, Astronomy
Can be adapted for: High SchoolReferences coming soon, Teacher Preparation, Teacher Professional Development
Setting Designed for: Lecture - Small (<30 students)References coming soon, Lab, Homework, Studio
Can be adapted for: Lecture - Large (30+ students)
Coverage Few topics with great depth, Many topics with less depth
Topics Mechanics, Electricity / Magnetism, Waves / Optics, Thermal / Statistical, Modern / Quantum, Mathematical, Astronomy
Instructor Effort Low
Resource Needs Projector in class, Computers for student use in class, Computers for student use outside of class
Skills Designed for: Problem-solving skillsReferences coming soon, Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon, Connecting conceptual and mathematical understandingReferences coming soon, Think like a scientist
Can be adapted for: Laboratory skills, Creativity, Autonomy
Research Validation Based on research into: how students learnReferences coming soon, student ideas about specific topicsReferences coming soon
Demonstrated to improve: scores on multiple choice conceptual testsReferences coming soon, scores on written conceptual testsReferences coming soon
Studied using: conceptual pre/post examsReferences coming soon
Compatible Methods Peer Instruction, PhET, UW Tutorials, JiTT, Ranking Tasks, ILDs, CGPS, Physlets, Context-Rich Problems, RealTime Physics, Workshop Physics, TIPERs, ABP Tutorials, SCALE-UP, Modeling, SDI Labs, OST Tutorials, ISLE, Thinking Problems, Workbook for Introductory Physics, LA Program, PET, PSET, LEPS, CAE TPS, Lecture-Tutorials, Astro Ranking Tasks, MBL, New Model Course, CPU, SCL, TEFA, CU Modern, CU E&M, CU QM, QuILTs, IQP, Thermal Tutorials, Mechanics Tutorials, Energy Project, SGSI, Paradigms, PUM, EiP, Tools for Scientific Thinking, M&I, Tutorials, Clickers, MOP
Similar Methods PhET, Physlets, CPU
Developer(s) Wolfgang Christian, Douglas Brown, Fransisco Esquembre
Website http://www.compadre.org/OSP/