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ERIC Number: ED029516
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1968-Nov
Pages: 87
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Introductory Computer-Based Mechanics; A One Week Sample Course.
Bork, Alfred M.; And Others
Very little material exists for utilizing the computer in the physics classroom, and even that little is not widely known. It is hoped that this monograph will provide some stimulus both to innovation and to discussion of the role of the computer in physics education. The paper describes how this might be achieved with a detailed account of one week of instruction in the physics of the harmonic oscillator, without calculus, for either physics or non-physics majors. The course is organized into three lectures, Days One to Three, and a Laboratory Session. Day One develops the basic first-order numerical integration scheme for computing velocity and position from a knowledge of acceleration and initial conditions. Day Two discusses the nature and languages of computers, and the construction of algorithms for computation, and Day Three is available in four different versions, one for each of the well-known computer languages-- BASIC, FORTRAN, JOSS, and PL-1. A Student Manual and a Teacher's Guide are included in this paper. (GO)
Editor, Commission on College Physics, University of Maryland, 4321 Hartwick Road, College Park, Md. 20740 (upon request)
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