Joint PICUP/ALPhA Webinar: Coupled Modes of Oscillators and Instruction: Combining Theory, Computation, and Experiment in Junior-level Mechanics
Nicholas Nelson and Eric Ayars
In our community we often describe ourselves as theoretical, computational, or experimental physicists. That division between theory, computation, and experiment is often present at the upper-division level of our undergraduate courses as well – but should it be? A growing body of research is showing that integrating different methodologies can greatly improve student outcomes. In this webinar we will present an overview of our attempt to break down the divisions between theory, computation, and experiment in upper-division physics courses at Chico State, as well as a specific example of how all three methodologies have been combined in our junior-level classical mechanics course.