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Computational Essays: An Avenue for Scientific Creativity in Physics
written by Tor Ole B. Odden and Marcos D. Caballero
Computation holds great potential for introducing new opportunities for creativity and exploration into the physics curriculum. At the University of Oslo we have begun development of a new class of assignment called computational essays to help facilitate creative, open-ended computational physics projects. Computational essays are a type of essay or narrative that combine text and code to express an idea or make an argument, usually written in computational notebooks. During a pilot implementation of computational essays in an introductory electricity and magnetism course, students reported that computational essays facilitated creative investigation at a variety of levels within their physics course. They also reported finding this creativity as being both challenging and motivating. Based on these reflections, we argue that computational essays are a useful tool for leveraging the creative affordances of programming in physics education.
Physics Education Research Conference 2019
Part of the PER Conference series
Provo, UT: July 24-25, 2019
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T. Odden and M. Caballero, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, 2019, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15313&DocID=5225).
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T. Odden and M. Caballero, Computational Essays: An Avenue for Scientific Creativity in Physics, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, 2019, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15313&DocID=5225>.
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Odden, T., & Caballero, M. (2019, July 24-25). Computational Essays: An Avenue for Scientific Creativity in Physics. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT. Retrieved July 3, 2020, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15313&DocID=5225
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Odden, Tor Ole B., and Marcos Caballero. "Computational Essays: An Avenue for Scientific Creativity in Physics." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, July 24-25, 2019. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15313&DocID=5225 (accessed 3 July 2020).
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Odden, Tor Ole B., and Marcos Caballero. "Computational Essays: An Avenue for Scientific Creativity in Physics." Physics Education Research Conference 2019. Provo, UT: 2019. of PER Conference. 3 July 2020 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15313&DocID=5225>.
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