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Why should we integrate computation?

Advice from Lord Martin Rees, the Astronomer Royal of the United Kingdom:

“Do any subject in biology or physical sciences, but also become adept in computation I would say.”

     Lord Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal of the United Kingdom (more about this video)

 

AAPT Statement on Computational Physics:

The American Association of Physics Teachers urges that every physics and astronomy department provide its majors and potential majors with appropriate instruction in computational physics.

 

AAPT Recommendations for Computational Physics in the Undergraduate Physics Curriculum (UCTF Report)

"This document provides guidance and recommendations for incorporating computational physics into undergraduate physics programs."

 

J-TUPP Report: “Preparing Physics Students for 21st Century Careers”

Findings in the J-TUPP report include:

  • Both graduates and their employers report that preparation for positions available to those with physics training could be significantly improved. Studies of physics graduates conclude that their technical skills should be expanded to address a wider and deeper knowledge of computational analysis tools…”  (Full quote at the bottom of this page)
  • surveys indicate that skills valued in the workplace include the ability to effectively collaborate, solve technical problems, program high-level simulations, and engage in computational thinking.”  (Full quote at the bottom of this page)

Full quotes from the J-TUPP report:

Both graduates and their employers report that preparation for positions available to those with physics training could be significantly improved. Studies of physics graduates conclude that their technical skills should be expanded to address a wider and deeper knowledge of computational analysis tools; that they would benefit from experiences that engage them with applied and developmental work; and that the addition of professional and workplace skills such as teamwork, communication, and basic business understanding to the undergraduate physics program would make physics graduates more successful in the workplace

surveys indicate that skills valued in the workplace include the ability to effectively collaborate, solve technical problems, program high-level simulations, and engage in computational thinking. That the discipline of physics provides an incubator in which these very skills are developed explains why the physics degree at all levels is so highly valued in the workplace.

Demonstrate software competency: competency in learning and using industry-standard computational, design, analysis, and simulation software, and documenting the results obtained for a computation or design.

The difficulties associated with integrating computation

A paper by Ashleigh Leary, Paul W. Irving, and Marcos D. Caballero denoting challenges experienced by PICUP Faculty Development Workshop participants in implementing computation into their courses.

Numerical Integration of Newton's Equation of Motion

From Appendix 3B of An Introduction to Computer Simulation Methods Third Edition, 2007 by H. Gould, J. Tobochnik, and W. Christian
Adapted (with permission) for the PICUP site by L. Engelhardt

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