Teaching and Learning Physics with World Wide Web Technology



   About the WebPhysics Project

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   The Physics Resource Packets Project at Rose-Hulman

The main goal of this site is to provide resources in both technology and ideas for all four years of the undergraduate physics curriculum. The intent is to help instructors to gradually bring technology into their teaching throughout the undergraduate curriculum, and to encourage the use of classroom learning activities for students in all physics courses.

Four 'resource packets' have been developed (and are being refined) for introductory physics courses (Mechanics, E&M, Waves, and Modern Physics). Five 'resource packets' have been developed and are being refined for advanced physics courses (Theoretical Mechanics, Electromagnetic Theory, Quantum Mechanics, Physical Optics, and Thermodynamics/Statistical Mechanics). This work has been done under the auspices of a 3-year grant from the National Science Foundation.

Each resource packet contains a number of ideas for letting students be 'active' learners during class time. Mainly these are qualitative questions for the students to discuss among near neighbors, and then share ideas from the entire class.

Each resource packet contains a number of problems worked out in Maple and Mathematica, along with some spreadsheet problems. The ideas in these problems are readily adaptable to other symbolic and/or numeric engines.

It is hoped that the worldwide college physics teaching community will benefit from this material.

    World Wide Web Technology

The graphics in all 'resource packets' lets you see the physics at a glance, or the graphical output of some interesting problem. The WWW browser capability lets you download any graphic almost immediately with a right-button mouse click.

Source code is provided for Maple and Mathematica. This lets the WWW technology perform one of several handy tasks. The browser will let you copy selected material from the browser and paste into a document on your home computer. It will also let you print one or more browser pages directly to your local printer. And since the browser can search for key words, you can use it to search and find out how odeplot was used in various problems, or check out how the results of a dsolve command were manipulated in order to get a plot to show up properly.

All Maple and Mathematica files ( example.ms, example.ma) are zipped into auto-unzipping packages so that you may download the entire group of files at the click of a button.


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