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Abstract Title: Scientific Practices in Minimally Working Programs
Abstract: Computational problem solving practices are beginning to be the center of many introductory physics courses. Specifically, within P-cubed, students regularly work on computational problems situated in physics that involve minimally working programs. Currently, very little research has been done on minimally working programs in relation to curriculum design, especially with how frequently they facilitate students in engaging with computational practices. After an initial coding of student work in class, we have identified extended periods of time where students were working on aspects of the problem that were not intended by instructors, which we coded as "tangents." Throughout the course of this presentation, we examine these tangents for computational practices and pedagogical benefits.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session I
Poster Number: A6
Contributed Paper Record: Contributed Paper Information
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Dan Oleynik
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48823
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Paul Irving
Michigan State University