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Physics Procedia 00 (2012) 15 Physics Procedia

Summary: Physics Procedia 00 (2012) 15
Physics Procedia
The role of projects in (Computational) Physics Education
David Mazvovskyc
, Guy Haliouab
, Joan Adlera
aPhysics Department, Technion-IIT, Haifa, Israel,32000
bMechanical Engineering Department, Technion-IIT, Haifa, Israel,32000
cMaterials Engineering Department, Technion-IIT, Haifa, Israel,32000
Projects are an essential part of any Computational Physics class. They are important for the student who carries
them out and, if the project topic is carefully selected by instructor and student, can also assist in the education of other
students. In a few cases they can be sufficiently original to make a useful contribution to a research area. Some general
ideas and two specific examples are given in this paper. A short discussion of project preparation by undergraduate
students in service teaching classes is also given.
Keywords: visualization, websites, nanotubes, molecular dynamics
PACS: 07.05.Tp, 81.05.uj
1. Introduction
Computational Science, the third corner of the (David) Landau triangle with theory and experiment, requires
mastery of both the topic and of the computer. While theory is taught slowly, in traditional sequences and guidance


Source: Adler, Joan - Physics Department, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology


Collections: Physics