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The PICUP Collection of Exercise Sets

The fundamental unit of the PICUP collection of educational materials is the "Exercise Set". All Exercise Sets are peer-reviewed and adaptable for faculty use. Standard Exercise Sets use numerical approaches that can be adapted to multiple platforms and Specialized Exercise Sets take advantage of particular computational platforms.

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78 Exercise Sets   A Rigid Three-bar Pendulum Binary Stars with Equivalent One Body Problem Center of Mass for Point Particles Energy and Phase Space of a Damped Oscillator Falling Sphere with Air Resistance Proportional to $v^2$ Foucault Pendulum Harmonic and Anharmonic Oscillations of a Boat Lagrangian dynamics Lunar Lander Pascal’s Law and the Origin of Buoyancy Plane Rigid Pendulum Simple Hanging Harmonic Oscillator Traveling to Mars Calculating the magnetic field with the Biot-Savart Law Charges in a conductor and Gauss's Law Charging/Discharging RC circuits Electric Dipole in an Uniform Field Electric Field Due to a Uniformly Charged Ring Electric Field Due to a Uniformly Charged Rod Equipotentials and Electric Field Lines: Collections of Point Charges and the Method of Images Lenz's Law: Induction in a Circular Loop Motion of a Charged Particle in a Magnetic Field Solving systems of linear equations: resistor networks The Wien (E x B) Filter Laser Beam Profile Rainbows  Wave Interference (with sound!) Heat flow -- Dynamics of a 1D rod Ice thickness Relativistic Dynamics in 1D with a constant force Quantum Dynamics in 1D with a Series Solution Shooting method for solving 1D quantum potentials Using the Finite-Difference Approximation and Hamiltonians to solve 1D Quantum Mechanics Problems Monte Carlo error propagation Separation of Variables in Cartesian Coordinates Separation of Variables in Spherical Coordinates Curve Fitting Lab Skills: Converting file formats Projectile Motion: Experiment and Computational Model Binary Orbit Inspirals Due to Gravitational Radiation Visualizing Effects of a Gravitational Wave with a Ring of Test Masses Introduction to GlowScript and VPython Lattice Elasticity, the Vibrating String, and Nonlinearity Submitted exercise sets

The following exercise sets have been submitted for peer review, but they have not yet been accepted for publication in the PICUP collection. Bellicose Birds with Energy Damped and Driven Harmonic Oscillator Diffusion Model through Conservation Momentum and Energy Lunar descent game (similar to Lunar Lander) Planetoids game (similar to asteroids) Planetoids with Momentum! Planetoids with Torque! Planetoids with a Spring! Snowboard Jumping and Newton’s Second Law What physics needs to be including in modeling a home run? Magnetic deflection (a.k.a. Magnetic Spectrometer) Particle Accelerator! Repulsion between two point charges (with application to fusion!) The RLC Series Circuit Boltzmann distribution, the statistical way Computing the Band Structure of the Kronig-Penney Model Introduction to Fourier Series Projectile motion with air resistance Sound and Fourier Transforms  Density measurement and Propagation of Error Finding the Earth-Sun Lagrange Points Gravitational Waves from Binary Orbits Introduction to Numerical Calculations Move the Blob! Chargesweeper (similar to Minesweeper) Fresnel's Equations - A Brief Activity Solving the Time-Dependent Schrödinger Equation Study of rectilinear motion with a smartphone: Elevators and Slides Discretized Time Dependent Schrödinger Equation in 1D Introduction to the Doppler Effect This is a test 