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Authoring Guidelines

Before starting the submission process for the PICUP Collection, authors are encouraged to read through the Authoring Guidelines delineated below. These guidelines describe what is required for a submission to the PICUP Collection. After you have read through the requirements, you should then proceed to the Authoring Instructions to find out about the details of the submission process.

When you are ready to begin the submission process, you can click the Begin Authoring button above.

An Exercise Set submission consists of:

Title: This is the title of your Exercise Set. Titles should be short, but concise.

Abbreviated Title: Provide 1-3 words that can be used on your authoring dashboard as an alternative to the longer title of the submission.

URL Reference: Choose a single word or short acronym that will be used for your contribution’s web address. The word or acronym you provide here will be tacked on to the end of "https://www.compadre.org/PICUP/exercises/". For example if you enter SHO, then the web address for your PICUP submission will be https://www.compadre.org/PICUP/exercises/SHO.

Picture (optional): Upload a digital image that will be displayed adjacent to the title of your contribution to Faculty Commons or Exercise Sets. The addition of this picture is intended to invoke interest in your materials, and does not necessarily need to display any specific result or computational solution behavior. Image files must be in a .gif, .jpg, or .png format, and are limited to 200x300 pixel dimensions. NOTE: There is a maximum allowed size for this image, and it may be necessary to resize. The following website can be used to easily resize an image: https://resizeimage.net/ (On this page, do not click the “Start Now” button.  Instead, to complete the process, click on “Resize Image”.)

Type: Choose the category for your submission, Faculty Commons, Standard Exercise Set, or Specialized Exercise Set (described in the "Overview" tab).

Time to Complete (optional): Estimate how long you envision students would need to complete any exercises or computational activities. The purpose of this entry is to aid potential users of your materials in determining if they are appropriate for their specific classroom situation.

Course Context(s): Select the topical context of your material (e.g., Mechanics, E&M, etc.). You can select more than one topic.

Course Level(s): Select the appropriate level for your material (e.g., High School, First Year of college, Beyond the First Year). You can select more than one level, if appropriate.

Author Information:

Author: Your Name

Institution: Your Institution or Professional Affiliation

Link Profile: You can choose whether or not to have a link to your personal PICUP profile appear in the online version of your submission to the PICUP Collection.

Email Address(es): An email address is needed in order to communicate with you regarding the submission and publication of your materials. If you would like this communication to go to more than one email address (either to include co-authors or because you use multiple email addresses), then enter the email addresses as a comma delimited list.

Description

The Description should be brief, not more than a few sentences, and should provide a cogent description of the physics, the computational approach, and the computational activities contained in the Exercise Set.

Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives that are connected to the individual exercises are required. The learning objectives should be listed as specific measurable tasks that your students should be able to do upon completion of the Exercise Set. The learning objectives should be listed after the statement, "Students who complete this Exercise Set will be able to:", and the specific exercise(s) with which each learning objective is associated should be indicated in parenthesis.

Instructor's Guide

The Instructor's Guide should provide advice to adopters/adapters on how the educational material contained in the Exercise Set could be used. It could also provide suggestions for further scaffolding of specific exercises and/or computational activities, as well as suggestions for adding higher levels of difficulty or sophistication for particularly astute students. If a particular set of exercises has been extensively tested by an author, a description of problems encountered or details on what to expect from students should be offered. This section could also offer some justification for an author's particular style and preferences. A description of how this computational approach is relevant to the particular topic of the Exercise Set would be helpful. The author is provided a great deal of latitude in determining what exactly is appropriate for this section.

Theory

The Theory section should be a self-contained description of the underlying physics of the Exercise Set, or a reference to a published, readily accessible treatment of the topic. This section should also include a detailed description of the numerical approach employed in the computational activity or activities, or an appropriate reference to a readily accessible description of the numerical approach.

Experiments (optional)

This section is available for the inclusion of details of any experiment that could accompany the exercises or computational activities of the Exercise Set, or for which the computational activities play a vital role.

Exercises

The “Exercises” should consist of a scaffolded set of activities that are designed to demonstrate to potential adopters/adapters how students could be led through the process of interacting with, and solving problems related to, the physical principles and computational methodologies that are presented in the Theory section.

Pseudocode

Pseudocode should be provided for each major exercise or activity within the Exercise Set. Potential adopters/adapters may rely on a clearly outlined pseudocode to fully understand the algorithm or other computational method that is brought to bear in the Exercises Set.

Solutions

Solutions to the exercises should be provided in sufficient detail to demonstrate the results of an implemented model or computational activity. These solutions are really “suggested solutions.” The solution to a computational exercise can vary greatly depending on the instructor’s personal pedagogical preferences. Thus, authors are allowed some latitude in the degree of detail required for this section; but, in order to be useful to a non-expert, more detail here is definitely desirable.

Connections to Physics Textbooks (optional)

This optional section can be useful to potential adopters/adapters if a connection between the content of the Exercise Set and basic physics principles is made to a popular physics textbook. If this topic is covered in a certain textbook that you use, please use this section to indicate which chapter/section covers this material.

File Attachments

Code templates: There is a spectrum of what an instructor might require of students to engage them in a computational activity, ranging from "programming from scratch" to "being given a fully working program".If an instructor wants the students to program from scratch, then a blank page is the starting point; if an instructor wants to provide the fully-working code, the "Completed Code" is the students’ starting point; and, if the instructor wants to provide students with something in-between, then a "Code Template" is the starting point. This mode of coding would be of interest to faculty who may not want to have students producing models or simulations from scratch, but still want the students to master the coding at some level. A Code Template could be a version of “almost-working” or “minimally-working” code, and can include programs that are not complete with places indicated where students would be expected to provide the missing code.

Completed Code: Completed Code, pertaining to the computational exercises, in at least one programming language is required for an Exercise Set to be complete. Though one programming language is required, it is preferred that authors submit Exercise Sets with completed code in at least three different programming implementations. Authors may want to consider the possibility of getting colleagues involved to assist in producing different implementations.

Data Files (optional): This section should contain any data files necessary for carrying out the computational activities in the exercises.

Additional Resources (optional): This section should include anything that has not already been included in the required sections for a PICUP Exercise Set, but is necessary for carrying out the computational activities.

A Faculty Commons submission consists of:

Title: This is the title of your Faculty Commons contribution. Titles should be short, but concise.

Abbreviated Title: Provide 1-3 words that can be used on your authoring dashboard as an alternative to the longer title of the submission.

URL Reference: Choose a single word or short acronym that will be used for your contribution’s web address. The word or acronym you provide here will be tacked on to the end of "https://www.compadre.org/PICUP/exercises/". For example if you enter SHO, then the web address for your PICUP submission will be https://www.compadre.org/PICUP/exercises/SHO.

Picture (optional): Upload a digital image that will be displayed adjacent to the title of your contribution to Faculty Commons or Exercise Sets. The addition of this picture is intended to invoke interest in your materials, and does not necessarily need to display any specific result or computational solution behavior. Image files must be in a .gif, .jpg, or .png format, and are limited to 200x300 pixel dimensions. NOTE: There is a maximum allowed size for this image, and it may be necessary to resize. The following website can be used to easily resize an image: https://resizeimage.net/ (On this page, do not click the “Start Now” button.  Instead, to complete the process, click on “Resize Image”.)

Type: Choose the category for your submission, Faculty Commons, Standard Exercise Set, or Specialized Exercise Set (described in the "Overview" tab).

Time to Complete (optional): Estimate how long you envision students would need to complete any computational activities. The purpose of this entry is to aid potential users of your materials in determining if they are appropriate for their specific classroom situation.

Course Context(s): Select the topical context of your material (e.g., Mechanics, E&M, etc.). You can select more than one topic.

Course Level(s): Select the appropriate level for your material (e.g., High School, First Year of college, Beyond the First Year). You can select more than one level, if appropriate.

Author Information:

Author: Your Name

Institution: Your Institution or Professional Affiliation

Link Profile: You can choose whether or not to have a link to your personal PICUP profile appear in the online version of your submission to the PICUP Collection.

Email Address(es): An email address is needed in order to communicate with you regarding the submission and publication of your materials. If you would like this communication to go to more than one email address (either to include co-authors or because you use multiple email addresses), then enter the email addresses as a comma delimited list.

Description

The Description should describe what is contained in your Faculty Commons submission.  In particular, describe what materials you have uploaded (below).  This is particularly important for Faculty Commons submissions which may or may not consist of a set of somewhat self explanatory exercises.

Learning Objectives

Describe what students should learn, or be able to, if their professor were to use this Faculty Commons submission in a class.

Scale of Activity

Describe the scale/scope of your submission. The first three options describe the approximate length of time that students would work on the activity that you are submitting. The last option allows you to submit materials that demonstrate how you integrate computation throughout your course (or for a significant portion of your semester).

Instructor's Notes (optional)

Instructor's notes can be used to provide more detailed descriptions of your uploaded materials that could not be included in the brief "Description" section. Instructor's Notes could also include how the activity was used in class, how you intend to do things differently in the future, advice to other faculty regarding potential student difficulties, learning objectives associated with computational activities, or any other information you deem important to accompany the materials you upload.

File Attachments

For your Faculty Commons submission to be complete, you must upload at least one of the following.

Documents: Upload any non-code documents necessary to complete your Faculty Commons submission.

Code Templates: There is a spectrum of what an instructor might provide to students, ranging from "programming from scratch" to "being given a fully working program". A Code Template could be a version of "almost-working" or "minimally-working" code, and can include programs that are not complete with places indicated where students would be expected to provide the missing code.

Completed Code: Upload completed code here. If you have developed computational activities in Mathematica, Glowscript, or Jupyter notebooks, please also include a pdf of the completed code for the benefit of viewers who may not have these computational environments installed, but would still like to view the programs.

Data Files: Include data files necessary for carrying out the computational activities.