ERIC Number: ED058034
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971
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[Use of Computers in Introductory Physics Teaching.]
Merrill, John R.
This paper presents some of the preliminary results of Project COEXIST at Dartmouth College, an NSF sponsored project to investigate ways to use computers in introductory physics and mathematics teaching. Students use the computer in a number of ways on homework, on individual projects, and in the laboratory. Students write their own programs, whenever possible. On occasion, it is more useful to have the student programs written and saved by the teacher. Five areas of work are described: (1) illustrations from a broad range of study areas are introduced to show the versatility of computer-connected graphic display devices such as X-Y plotters and cathode ray terminals; (2) a simple, intuitive approach to the propagation of waves in dispersive media is shown; (3) a program is described which can be used to calculate a large number of interference and diffractive patterns; (4) general methods are given to find a map field patterns for general distribution of charges and current loops; and (5) solutions are found to some simple Schrodinger equations using a computer program. (Author/TS)
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Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Dartmouth Coll., Hanover, NH. Dept. of Physics.