SC is the International Conference for
High Performance Computing, Networking,
Storage and Analysis

SCHEDULE: NOV 12-18, 2011

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SESSION: PHYSICS: Examples in Computational Physics Part I - Python-Based Examples

EVENT TYPE: Education

TIME: 10:30AM - 12:00PM


Presenter(s):Rubin Landau


Although physics faculty are incorporating computers to enhance physics education, computation is often viewed as a black box whose inner workings need not be understood. We open up the black box by providing Computational Physics (CP) curricula materials based on a problem-solving paradigm that can be incorporated into existing physics classes, or used in stand-alone CP classes. These assume a computational science point of view, where understanding of the applied math and CS is also important, and in which a compiled language is used in order for students to get closer to the algorithms. The materials derive from a new eTextbook available on the Web ( that includes video-based lectures, Python programs, applets, visualizations and animations. Part I gives an overview, demonstrates the eTextBook and discusses some basic examples. Assumed background: basic computer literacy; either 2 years of undergraduate physics or bachelors degree in mathematics or equivalent.

Chair/Presenter Details:

Rubin H Landau (Chair) - Oregon State University

Rubin Landau - Oregon State University

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