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

SCHEDULE: NOV 12-18, 2011

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SESSION: PHYSICS: Integrating Computation into Undergraduate Physics

EVENT TYPE: Education

TIME: 2:00PM - 3:00PM

SESSION CHAIR: Norman Chonacky

Presenter(s):Norman Chonacky


The growth of computation in the conduct of scientific research and development places new responsibilities on the undergraduate physics curriculum where most scientists and engineers receive a foundational part of their technical education. This makes it imperative to examine the treatment given to computation by physics departments. Sadly, the evidence is that computation is given short shrift in most institutions. There is a need for including computational modeling as a coequal companion to analytical theory and experiment in the study of physics concepts. This means that it must become an integral part of physics courses in both the service and major threads of the curriculum. We will present an approach aimed at materials designed to integrate computation into traditional physics courses to bring them into alignment with the demands of employment in the contemporary science and engineering workplace. We will also present examples of these materials that are being designed to stimulate computational integration into the second-year modern physics course in both two and four year institutions. Assumed background: basic computer literacy; either 2 years of undergraduate physics or a bachelors degree in mathematics, or equivalent.

Chair/Presenter Details:

Norman Chonacky (Chair) - Yale University

Norman Chonacky - Yale University

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