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The PICUP Collection of Exercise Sets

The fundamental unit of the PICUP collection of educational materials is the "Exercise Set". All Exercise Sets are peer-reviewed and adaptable for faculty use. Standard Exercise Sets use numerical approaches that can be adapted to multiple platforms and Specialized Exercise Sets take advantage of particular computational platforms.

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73 Exercise Sets   A Rigid Three-bar Pendulum Binary Stars with Equivalent One Body Problem Center of Mass for Point Particles Computing the 1-D Motion of a V2 Rocket Efficiency of a Water Turbine (3D Printing Lab) Energy and Phase Space of a Damped Oscillator Falling Sphere with Air Resistance Proportional to $v^2$ Falling through a non-uniform Earth Foucault Pendulum Harmonic and Anharmonic Oscillations of a Boat How far would a skydiver have to fall to break the sound barrier in a non-uniform atmosphere? Investigating Torque with 3D Printed Waterwheels Lagrangian dynamics Lunar Lander Making Animations with Potential Energy Move the Blob! Pascal’s Law and the Origin of Buoyancy Physical Pendulum without Small Angle Approximation Plane Rigid Pendulum Planetoids with Momentum! Planetoids with Torque! Simple Hanging Harmonic Oscillator Snowboard Jumping and Newton’s Second Law Traveling to Mars What a Drag: A Projectile Motion Game with Air Resistance Calculating the magnetic field with the Biot-Savart Law Charges in a conductor and Gauss's Law Chargesweeper (similar to Minesweeper) Charging/Discharging RC circuits Electric Dipole in an Uniform Field Electric Field Due to a Uniformly Charged Ring Electric Field Due to a Uniformly Charged Rod Equipotentials and Electric Field Lines: Collections of Point Charges and the Method of Images Lenz's Law: Induction in a Circular Loop Motion of a Charged Particle in a Magnetic Field Particle Accelerator! Solving systems of linear equations: resistor networks The Wien (E x B) Filter Visualizing the off-axis electric field due to a ring of electric charges Laser Beam Profile Rainbows  Wave Interference (with sound!) 2-State Systems: Statistical Mechanics in Sports and the Story of the Purple Pandas Boltzmann distribution, the statistical way Einstein Solids: Equilibrium, Temperature and Heat Capacity Einstein Solids: Statistical Mechanics for Systems in Contact Heat flow -- Dynamics of a 1D rod Ice thickness Relativistic Dynamics in 1D with a constant force Visualizing X-Ray Diffraction Quantum Dynamics in 1D with a Series Solution Shooting method for solving 1D quantum potentials Using the Finite-Difference Approximation and Hamiltonians to solve 1D Quantum Mechanics Problems A Stochastic Model of Birth-Death Population Dynamics Monte Carlo error propagation Separation of Variables in Cartesian Coordinates Separation of Variables in Spherical Coordinates  Curve Fitting Density measurement and Propagation of Error Error Propagation Lab Skills: Converting file formats Projectile Motion: Experiment and Computational Model Study of rectilinear motion with a smartphone: Elevators and Slides 2-Body Gravitation Binary Orbit Inspirals Due to Gravitational Radiation Finding the Earth-Sun Lagrange Points Gravitational Waves from Binary Orbits Visualizing Effects of a Gravitational Wave with a Ring of Test Masses Introduction to GlowScript and VPython Lattice Elasticity, the Vibrating String, and Nonlinearity 