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Abstract Title: Introducing Computational Physics Across the Curriculum
Abstract: Our department has undertaken a multi-year effort to make computational methods central to our physics curriculum. Our students should graduate with the attitude that computational approaches are a normal part of physics, used every day, and for a multitude of tasks. To accomplish this, our current objective is to make 25% of all work done by students in our upper division courses computational. This talk will begin with an overview of the history and change process of this initiative. What lead us to this decision, and how we have chosen to implement it as a department. It will then present an instrument developed in-house to measure students' attitudes and self-efficacy with respect to computation. This discussion will include both the process by which the instrument was developed, and what we have learned from the first few semesters of data. IUPUI is an urban public institution graduating 10-15 majors each year.
Abstract Type: Symposium Talk
Parallel Session: Evaluation of Innovative Reforms in Upper Division Physics Courses

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Andrew D. Gavrin
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
and Co-Presenter(s)
Gautam Vemuri, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
Yogesh Joglekar, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis