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Use of Mathematica in the Physics Classroom

Terrence Honan
Organization: Blinn College
Department: Physics Department

2007 Wolfram Technology Conference
Conference location

Champaign, IL


For several years the Physics department at Blinn College has used Mathematica in a limited way for simulations in the laboratory part of the calculus-based introductory sequence. For the 2006-2007 academic year Blinn's Physics department was awarded an HP Technology Grant that included 21 tablet PCs. Our proposal was to use Mathematica on the tablets in the classroom to enhance student engagement and reduce long lecture times. We began developing exercises to use the numerical, symbolic, and/or graphical capabilities of Mathematica to help with some pedagogical problem areas. The new features of Version 6 allow for exciting new possibilities using streamlined user interfaces and improved visualization. These improvements also will allow applying these exercises to the lower-level algebra-based physics sequence.

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