2022 PICUP/OPTYCs Virtual Workshop

Using Spreadsheets to Integrate Computation into Physics Courses for Two-Year Colleges

Saturday, November 12, 2022

An online workshop for faculty without previous experience inserting computation into their courses

To register for this workshop, you need to do two things: (1) Sign up to let us know that you are coming using the left button below. (2) Pay the $20 registration fee using the right button below.  Upon completion of the workshop, the registration fee will be reimbursed through the OPTYCs project.

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Workshop Scope

The purpose of the workshop is to introduce participants to several basic examples of computational activities that can be readily implemented in introductory physics courses. The participants will be guided in building a computational model for some of these activities in spreadsheets, with a view towards demonstrating just a few of the myriad possibilities for exposing introductory students to computation. The workshop will also include a discussion on benefits and challenges involved in integrating computation, and practical ways to start out by inserting an activity or two (or more as comfort allows) into introductory courses. Participants will also be provided with a brief tour of the PICUP website, and encouraged to get plugged into the larger PICUP community for ongoing support in their pedagogical efforts.

Who Should Attend

This workshop is for two-year college faculty who have little or no prior experience with integrating computation into an introductory course, and would like help finding out how to get started.  Even if you have never before considered the possibility of having a computational exercise into an introductory course, this workshop is for you!


Saturday, November 12, 2022 (all times Eastern time zone)

12:00 - 12:30 PM Introduction, Agenda, PICUP Website & Collections, Learning Goals
12:30 - 1:10 PM Building a spreadsheet simulation as a large group
1:10 - 1:20 PM Potty break
1:20 - 2:30 PM Extending the simulation in small groups (air resistance, oscillator, & 2D motion)
2:30 - 3:00 PM Large group discussion (benefits & challenges) and wrap up