Friday, 6 September, 11:00 – 12:00, SAAO Auditorium
Although there are many computer-based resources for teaching physics and astronomy, few are designed to be adoptable, adaptable and extensible. What is needed by the physics and astronomy education community is not another computer program (although programs are essential), but a synthesis of curriculum development, computational physics, computer science, and physics education research that will be useful for students and for teachers wishing to write their own simulations and to develop their own curricular material. The Open Source Physics (OSP) project was established to meet this need. OSP is an NSF-funded curriculum development project that is developing and distributing a code library, programs, and examples of computer-based interactive curricular material. This talk will describe OSP material hosted in the ComPADRE National Science Digital Library for teaching physics and astronomy.
The Open Source Physics code library, documentation, and sample curricular material can be downloaded from http://www.opensourcephysics.org/.
Partial funding for this work was obtained through NSF grant DUE-0442581.