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2022 PICUP/OPTYCs Virtual Workshop

Using Spreadsheets to Integrating Computation into Physics Courses for Two-Year Colleges

The purpose of the workshop is to introduce participants to several basic examples of computational activities that can be readily implemented in introductory physics courses. The participants will be guided in building a computational model for some of these activities in spreadsheets, with a view towards demonstrating just a few of the myriad possibilities for exposing introductory students to computation. The workshop will also include a discussion on benefits and challenges involved in integrating computation, and practical ways to start out by inserting an activity or two (or more as comfort allows) into introductory courses. Participants will also be provided with a brief tour of the PICUP website, and encouraged to get plugged into the larger PICUP community for ongoing support in their pedagogical efforts.

This workshop is for two-year college faculty who have little or no prior experience with integrating computation into an introductory course, and would like help finding out how to get started.  Even if you have never before considered the possibility of having a computational exercise into an introductory course, this workshop is for you!

Saturday, November 12, 2022 (all times Eastern time zone)

12:00 - 12:30 PM Introduction, Workshop Agenda, PICUP Website and Collections
12:30 - 1:00 PM Importance of Learning Goals and Computation Implementation Space
1:00 - 2:00 PM Work through an example using spreadsheets
2:00 - 2:45 PM Benefits and Challenges of Integrating Computation
2:45 - 3:00 PM Wrap-up and HW assignment

Review the Code of Conduct by clicking here.

If you have any problems registering please email [email protected].

11/12/2022 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Eastern Standard Time