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written by David Cook
The physics program at Lawrence University has introduced sophisticated computational techniques throughout its curriculum. Distinguishing features of the Lawrence approach include a focus on flexible, general purpose computational packages; application to theory and experiment; extensive use for preparing reports; and distribution throughout the curriculum. Most importantly, computation is introduced early enough so that students subsequently use computers independently on their own initiative. A required sophomore course in computational mechanics provides a uniform orientation to symbolic and numerical tools, and an elective junior/senior course in computational physics is offered. Students' use of computational resources in independent studies and summer research experiences and positive comments from recent graduates provide evidence of the success and value of these curricular inclusions.
American Journal of Physics: Volume 76, Issue 4, Pages 321-326
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