Workshop on Integrating Computational Activities into Physics Courses (with mostly Python flavoring)


Kansas State U. Physics Department


Saturday, April 27, 2019, 8:30am-4:00pm

Before you attend

Please download a Python/Jupyter environment onto the computer that you will be bringing.  To do this, simply go to and click "Download" under "Python 3.7 Version".  For more detailed instructions, see Getting_Started_With_Python.pdf by Brett DePaola.


  • Kansas State University, Check-in: Cardwell Hall, Room 119
  • Address: Physics Department, 116 Cardwell Hall, 1228 N 17th St, Manhattan, KS 66506-2601
  • Parking: Parking Lots A17 and A18, North of Cardwell Hall, are most convenient for the meeting. Parking is free on the weekend. K-State Campus Map 
  • Coordinates: 39.192°N, 96.582°W


Who Should Attend

Any physics educators that want to gain practical insight into integrating computational activities into their physics courses. The emphasis of the workshop will be on integrating computational activities into physics courses beyond the introductory level using python-based programming environments; however, physics educators who predominantly teach introductory high school and college courses will also benefit by participating. 

The workshop will include demonstrations and discussions about various aspects of integrating computational activities into physics courses.  There will also be guided working time wherein participants will explore tested computational exercises.

Finally, by participating in this workshop participants will become plugged into a growing and supportive community of like-minded physics educators dedicated to improving the physics curriculum. The support system includes a repository of developed computational materials as well as dedicated online and personal community support.


Early-Bird Registration (deadline is April 13, 2019): $10

Late Registration (deadline is April 22, 2019): $15

Coffee, Lunch, and some snacks are included for all registered participants.   Click on the big green button below and you'll be miraculously transported to the registration page.

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Workshop Schedule

8:30-9:00 Registration & Coffee | Room CW119

9:00-9:15 Welcome, Introductions and Goals of Workshop | Room CW144-145
(Brett DePaola, Kansas State University Physics Department Head)

9:15-10:15 Session I | Room CW144-145
(Kelly Roos, PICUP, Bradley University Mechanical Engineering)

Workshop Power Point Slides

  • The Case for Computation
  • Brief Introduction to PICUP
  • Excel as an On-Ramp to Python

10:15-10:30 BREAK - coffee and snacks | Room CW119

10:30-11:30 Session II: Hands-on Introduction to Python and Jupyter (Outline) | Room CW144-145
(Larry Engelhardt, PICUP, Francis Marion University Physics)

11:30-12:15 Session IIIa: Learning Goals (Slides) | Room CW144-145
(Larry Engelhardt)

12:15-12:45 Working Lunch: Challenges to Integrating Computational Activities into Physics Courses | Room CW119

12:45-2:00 Session IIIb: Benefits & Challenges Wrap-up and Practical Ways to Implement Computational Activities | Room CW144-145
(Kelly Roos)

Challenges and Benefits

2:00-3:30 Breakout sessions 

Session IVa: Integrating computing in Upper Level courses (Outline) | Room CW144
(Larry Engelhardt)

Session IVb: Integrating computing in Introductory Level courses | Room CW145
(Kelly Roos)

3:30-4:00 Wrap-up | Room CW144-145