Overview and Authoring Guidelines

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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32 Exercise Sets

Mechanics
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A Rigid Three-bar Pendulum

Beyond the First Year Mechanics

Developed by E. Behringer

Example Implementation: Python

Binary Stars with Equivalent One Body Problem

Beyond the First Year Mechanics

Developed by A. Titus

Example Implementation: IPython/Jupyter Notebook

Center of Mass for Point Particles

First Year Mechanics

Developed by Deva O'Neil

Example Implementation: Glowscript

Energy and Phase Space of a Damped Oscillator

Beyond the First Year Mechanics

Developed by Deva O'Neil

Example Implementations: Glowscript, IPython/Jupyter Notebook, and Mathematica

Falling Sphere with Air Resistance Proportional to $v^2$

First Year and Beyond the First Year Mechanics

Developed by K. Roos

Example Implementations: C/C++, Fortran, Glowscript, IPython/Jupyter Notebook, Mathematica, Octave*/MATLAB, Python, and Spreadsheet

Foucault Pendulum

Beyond the First Year Mechanics

Developed by Andy Rundquist

Example Implementation: Mathematica

Harmonic and Anharmonic Oscillations of a Boat

First Year and Beyond the First Year Mechanics

Developed by E. Ayars

Example Implementations: Python, Easy Java Simulations, IPython/Jupyter Notebook, and Mathematica

Lagrangian dynamics

Beyond the First Year and Advanced Mechanics

Developed by Andy Rundquist

Example Implementation: Mathematica

Lunar Lander

First Year and Beyond the First Year Mechanics

Developed by A. Titus

Example Implementations: Glowscript and Easy Java Simulations

Plane Rigid Pendulum

First Year and Beyond the First Year Mechanics

Developed by K. Roos

Example Implementations: C/C++, Easy Java Simulations, Fortran, IPython/Jupyter Notebook, Mathematica, Octave*/MATLAB, Python, and Spreadsheet

Simple Hanging Harmonic Oscillator

First Year and Beyond the First Year Mechanics

Developed by K. Roos

Example Implementations: C/C++, Easy Java Simulations, Fortran, Glowscript, IPython/Jupyter Notebook, Mathematica, Octave*/MATLAB, Python, and Spreadsheet

Traveling to Mars

First Year and Beyond the First Year Mechanics

Developed by A. Titus

Example Implementations: Glowscript and Easy Java Simulations

Projectile Motion: Experiment and Computational Model

First Year Mechanics and Experimental Labs

Developed by Todd Zimmerman

Example Implementations: Glowscript, IPython/Jupyter Notebook, Sage Worksheet, and Easy Java Simulations

Binary Orbit Inspirals Due to Gravitational Radiation

First Year and Beyond the First Year Mechanics and Astronomy/Astrophysics

Developed by Robert Hilborn

Example Implementations: Glowscript and Mathematica



Submitted exercise sets

The following exercise sets have been submitted for peer review, but they have not yet been accepted for publication in the PICUP collection.

Bellicose Birds with Energy

High School and First Year Mechanics

Developed by Chris Orban

Example Implementation: Javascript

Ready for Review

Damped and Driven Harmonic Oscillator

First Year and Beyond the First Year Mechanics

Developed by Sarah Phan-Budd

Example Implementations: C/C++, IPython/Jupyter Notebook, and Java

Ready for Review

Diffusion Model through Conservation Momentum and Energy

High School and First Year Mechanics

Developed by Vashti Sawtelle, Lisa Lapidus, Camila Monsalve, Brandon Zerbe

Example Implementation: VPython

Ready for Review

Lunar descent game (similar to Lunar Lander)

High School and First Year Mechanics

Developed by Chris Orban

Example Implementation: Javascript

Ready for Review

Pascal’s Law and the Origin of Buoyancy

First Year Mechanics

Developed by Deva O'Neil

Example Implementation: Glowscript

Ready for Review

Planetoids game (similar to asteroids)

High School and First Year Mechanics

Developed by Chris Orban

Example Implementation: Javascript

Ready for Review

Planetoids with Momentum!

High School and First Year Mechanics

Developed by Chris Orban

Example Implementation: Javascript

Ready for Review

Planetoids with Torque!

High School and First Year Mechanics

Developed by Chris Orban

Example Implementation: Javascript

Ready for Review

Planetoids with a Spring!

High School and First Year Mechanics

Developed by Chris Orban

Example Implementation: Javascript

Ready for Review

What physics needs to be including in modeling a home run?

First Year Mechanics

Developed by Fred Salsbury

Example Implementation: Spreadsheet

Ready for Review

Introduction to Fourier Series

First Year and Beyond the First Year Mechanics, Waves & Optics, and Mathematical/Numerical Methods

Developed by B. D. DePaola

Example Implementations: Python and IPython/Jupyter Notebook

Ready for Review

Projectile motion with air resistance

Beyond the First Year Mechanics and Mathematical/Numerical Methods

Developed by David Jackson

Example Implementation: Python

Ready for Review

Finding the Earth-Sun Lagrange Points

Beyond the First Year and Advanced Mechanics, Mathematical/Numerical Methods, and Astronomy/Astrophysics

Developed by Nicholas Nelson

Example Implementation: Python

Ready for Review

Gravitational Waves from Binary Orbits

First Year and Beyond the First Year Mechanics and Astronomy/Astrophysics

Developed by Robert Hilborn

Example Implementations: Glowscript and Mathematica

Ready for Review

Introduction to Numerical Calculations

First Year Mechanics

Developed by Rhett Allain

Example Implementations: VPython and Python

Ready for Review

Move the Blob!

High School Mechanics

Developed by Chris Orban

Example Implementation: Javascript

Ready for Review

Study of rectilinear motion with a smartphone: Elevators and Slides

First Year Mechanics and Experimental Labs

Developed by R.D. Crespo, A. García-Fuente, M. R. Sierra and M. Vélez

Example Implementations: Python and Octave*/MATLAB

Ready for Review

Accelerate the blob!

High School Mechanics

Developed by Prof. Chris Orban

Specialized Programming Language: Javascript

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