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Wolfgang Christian - Davidson University

Wolfgang Christian

Wolfgang Christian - Davidson University

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Invited Talk

Title: Building a National Digital Library for Computational Physics Education At All Levels

Abstract: Over the past dozen years we have produced some of the most widely used interactive computer-based curricular materials for the teaching of introductory and advanced physics courses.  These materials are now hosted on and distributed from the Open Source Physics (OSP) Collection of the ComPADRE National Science Digital Library. This talk outlines the tripartite integration of ComPADRE with the Easy Java Simulations modeling and authoring tool and the OSP code library.  The pedagogical and technical features of this learning platform and our current efforts to align this material with United States national and state standards for science teaching are described.  The Open Source Physics Collection is available on the: <>

Partial funding for this work was obtained through NSF grants DUE-0442581 and DUE-0937731.

 High School Teacher and University Faculty Workshop

Title: Using and Adapting OSP-Based Materials for an Interactive Classroom

Abstract: Participants will learn how to use and adapt existing Open Source Physics material and the Tracker video analysis and modeling tool in this hands-on workshop. We will distribute teacher-modifiable simulations, such as Graphs and Tracks, and present examples of how they are used to actively engage students in the classroom. We also show how to download and analyze existing video clips using Tracker. This workshop will benefit introductory physics teachers in both high school and college. It is based on material available at no-cost from the ComPADRE National Digital Library which can easily be adapted for algebra- and calculus-based introductory physics. This workshop is supported by the National Science Foundation (DURE-0442581 and DUE-0937731).

Detailed Program