PICUP Spring Webinar Series: Computation in Introductory Physics at KU
This presentation will discuss an attempt to develop “pre-simulation” skills for non-major students in a first semester, algebra-based physics course. As part of their weekly work, students were asked to create a calculator for homework questions using excel. They were asked to make their calculators such that the value of the variables in the problem could be changed but the calculator would still produce the correct answer. The goal of this was to get students to solve the question using variables first. Students preforming better in the course did better on these exercises.