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|March||3/30|| Incorporating coding into
introductory physics curriculum
|4/11|| Being a better
research project adviser
Join Mark Hannum, teacher of physics and division manager for science and technology at Thomas Jefferson High school for Science and Technology (TJ), for a conversation about incorporating coding into introductory physics curriculum.
Time: 4:30-5:30pm ET
Date: Thursday, March 30
One of the most important aspects of any introductory physics course is teaching students how to form conceptual and mathematical models of physical systems. Conceptual modeling skills are what persist after equations of motion are forgotten and the nuances of Gauss’ Law fade away. Physics is often the first time students are asked to abstract a system into constituent parts and then use these parts to make predictions. This is also why students find introductory physics courses so difficult. One way we can develop conceptual and mathematical modeling in our students is to ask them to code. Coding requires the abstraction of complex actions into constituent parts and provides a degree of external motivation that may appeal to students.
The Physics team at TJ is currently in the process of reviewing its introductory physics curriculum and we are considering augmenting our standard course by including more coding. This conversation extends out from the addition of a few more coding labs, to our choice of textbook, and the shifting of large-scale course goals away from external exams.
Please join Mark in a conversation that will cover the following questions:
- How do you help students form conceptual and mathematical modeling skills?
- Do you have your students code and build computer models? Have you developed any coding labs or resources for students?
- What obstacles do you foresee in expanding introductory physics courses to include more coding?
- How do you build cross-discipline curricular collaborations at your school? Do you work with CS teachers on other projects?
Join Scott Bolen, of Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology and Regional Science, for a conversation about being a better research project adviser.
Time: 2-3 pm ET
Date: Tuesday, April 11