PICUP Greater Chicagoland Workshop Schedule


9:00-9:15 Welcome, Introductions, and Goals of Workshop

A Brief Introduction to PICUP

9:15-10:30 Spreadsheet Physics: Falling Sphere (Kelly Roos with frequent interjections by Larry Engelhardt)

The Euler Method

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This session is intended to provide a brief demonstration of the usefulness of the ubiquitous spreadsheet tool, and a refresher on the simple Euler algorithm applied to ODEs for velocity and position, while setting the working mood for the workshop. Even seasoned spreadsheet users will benefit from this session. 

10:30-10:45 BREAK

10:45-11:15 Models for Integrating Computation (Marié Lopez del Puerto)

Where do your courses fall in the Computation Implementation Space?

11:15-12:00 Lewis University Physics Students Panel (Ryan Hooper)


  • Maggie Capalbo
  • Daniel Blanco
  • Aleksandar Zdravev
  • Daniel Maurer
  • Mohammed Razzak

12:00-12:45 Working Lunch: Challenges to Integrating Computational Activities into Physics Courses

12:45-1:00 Challenges Wrap-Up (Marié Lopez del Puerto)

1:00-2:00 Learning Goals and Objectives (Larry Engelhardt)

What do you want your students to be able to do? This simple, yet poignant, question should be answered before you outline your plan for integrating computational activities into your course(s). This session will provide a practical approach to setting learning goals and objectives for your students.

2:00-2:45 Small Group Breakout #1 Tutorials/Demos

  1. Introductory and Getting Started

               Falling Sphere

             2. Advanced Courses and Enhancing Computational Approach

2:45-3:00 BREAK

3:00-3:45 Small Group Breakout #2 "Bringing it All Together" and Evaluating Computational Efficacy

  1. High School
  2. Introductory College Physics
  3. Physics Specific (E&M, Mechanics, Quantum, etc.)
  4. College Advanced

3:45-4:00 Wrap-Up