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Abstract Title: Integrating Numerical Computation in the Modeling Instruction Curriculum
Abstract: Numerical computation (the use of a computer to solve, simulate, or visualize a physical problem) has fundamentally changed the way scientific research is done.  By learning to use numerical computation, students acquire a familiarity with the tools of modern scientists and engineers.  As a complement to laboratory-constructed observations, numerical computation allows students to further explore their real-world by creating computational models of physical phenomenon.  These computational models can highlight the relationship between the different physics models presented in the Modeling Instruction program (no forces, balanced forces, unbalanced forces, et cetera).  We have just completed our second year teaching 9th grade students to use the VPython programming environment in a classroom that uses the Modeling Instruction curriculum. We will describe the various successes and challenges as well as the future direction of this initiative.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: John M. Aiken
Georgia State University
3736 Gloucester Drive
Tucker, GA 30084
Phone: 6786973181
and Co-Presenter(s)
Marcos D. Caballero University of Colorado Boulder
John B. Burk St. Andrews Academy
Scott S. Douglas Georgia Institute of Technology
Michael F. Schatz Georgia Institute of Technology
Erin M. Scanlon Georgia Institute of Technology
Brian D. Thoms Georgia State University