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Abstract Title: A Case Study: Novel Group Interactions through Introductory Computational Physics
Abstract: With the advent of high-level programming languages capable of quickly rendering three-dimensional simulations, the inclusion of computers as a learning tool in the classroom has become more prevalent.  Although work has begun to study the patterns seen in implementing and assessing computation in introductory physics, more insight is needed to understand the observed effects of blending computation with physics in a group setting.  In a newly adopted format of introductory calculus-based mechanics, called Projects and Practices in Physics, groups of students work on short modeling projects – which make use of a novel inquiry-based approach – to develop their understanding of both physics content and practice.  Preliminary analyses of observational data of groups engaging with computation, coupled with synchronized computer screencast, has revealed a unique group interaction afforded by the practices specific to computational physics – problem debugging.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Michael J. Obsniuk
Department of Physics and Astronomy, Michigan State University
Biomedical Physical Sciences
567 Wilson Road, Room 1310-B
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: 1(248)767-1619
and Co-Presenter(s)
Paul W. Irving(1,2) and Marcos (Danny) Caballero(1,2)

1) Department of Physics and Astronomy
2) CREATE for STEM Institute
Michigan State University