USG Teaching and Learning Conference: Best Practices for Promoting Engaged Student Learning
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Thursday, April 14 • 10:00am - 10:45am
Investigating the Benefits of Visual Python Computational Activities in Introductory Calculus Based Physics Course

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Trinanjan Datta, Deborah Richardson

The objective of the presentation will be to share our findings about student perceptions of a hands-on computational approach to learning physics. Computation is the use of a computer to numerically solve, simulate, and visualize a physical problem. However, STEM majors enrolled in traditional introductory calculus based physics courses have minimal or zero exposure to computational physics tools and ideas. Our research study is motivated by the growing body of scientific literature from the physics education research community which is actively interested in assessing the potential benefits and or risks of implementing a computational physics environment in an introductory physics course. Using two surveys developed by our research team - Computational Physics Attitude Survey (CPAS) and VPython Attitude Survey (VPAS) - we have collected and analyzed student attitude towards learning and enjoyment of computation. We find that students expressed a positive attitude towards learning a physics concept, irrespective of whether they enjoyed the activity or not. The results will offer valuable guidance to the STEM community.


Trinanjan Datta

Augusta University

Deborah Richardson

Director of Faculty Development, Augusta University

Thursday April 14, 2016 10:00am - 10:45am EDT
Room L

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