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Computing in physics Education.

Hjorth-Jensen M.
  Lunedì 11/09   14:30 - 18:30   Aula A207   VII - Didattica e storia della fisica
During the last decades we have witnessed a tremendous development in our capabilities of solving scientific problems through scientific computing, that is, using computers, advanced numerical algorithms, symbolic computations as well as standard analytical tools to solve and analyze problems in science. Computing forms now an integrated and central part of essentially all aspects of modern scientific studies, from basic research to industrial and societal applications. In this talk I will show how computing can be introduced and integrated in a seamless way in basic physics courses and how computing can aid students in gaining deeper insights about the scientific process as well as letting the students get a better understanding of physics and the pertinent forces and laws of motion. Many on the results reported in this talk are based on almost two decades of initiatives at integrating computing in science education at the University of Oslo, Norway as well as recent work at Michigan State University, USA. The research initiatives pertaining to the presentation are to a large extent supported by the recently established Norwegian center of excellence in education, the Center for Computing in Science Education, see http://www.mn.uio.no/ccse/english/ for more information.