labs Practices

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Introducing Computation: A Laboratory Approach

November 4, 2020 by Kevin Adkins and Jennifer Birriel

Introductory physics lectures are generally short on time and finding time to integrate computation isn't trivial. One alternative is to move the computational exercises to the laboratory portion of the course and replace a few traditional labs with computational labs covering the same material. Here, we describe our computational laboratory implementation and present two complete exercises.

labs,  excel,  spreadsheets,  arduino,  intro e&m,  intro classical


Capture, Code, Compare: Integrating computational modeling with video analysis

March 9, 2020 by W. Brian Lane

Capture, Code, Compare activities combine hand-on labs with computer modeling.  Students use video tracking to capture the motion of an object, code a model that reproduces the behavior of the physical system, then compare the quantitative results of the video analysis with the results from the computer model.  I'll go through an example of one of my activities in an introductory mechanics course.

labs,  tracker,  intro classical