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Modeling a Changing World
written by Tim Chartier
Modeling a Changing World written by mathematics professor Tim Chartier and his student Nick Dovidio presents curricular material in an OSP Launcher package to motivate the need for numerically solving ordinary differential equations. The package discusses such applications as a mass-spring system and its connection to computer simulation for movies.  An interactive model that simulates a two-body gravitational model of the moon and earth allows for exploring the topic of numerical error. Other models explore topics that include slope fields, numerical integration and numerical solvers for ordinary differential equations.

Please note that this resource requires at least version 1.5 of Java (JRE).
Subjects Levels Resource Types
General Physics
- Computational Physics
Mathematical Tools
- Differential Equations
- Numerical Analysis
- Lower Undergraduate
- Upper Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Curriculum
= Interactive Simulation
= Tutorial
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- Educators
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This material is released under a GNU General Public License Version 3 license.
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Tim Chartier
numerical integration, ordinary differential equations, slope fields
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Metadata instance created September 19, 2008 by Wolfgang Christian
Record Updated:
August 12, 2016 by Lyle Barbato
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