Andrew, please screed away. <br><br>My students are mostly physics majors. Ideally, they will have played with python (specifically vpython for animations) while in the intro physics sequence, and by the time they get to this computational course they may have seen that computers are useful for doing "stuff" and want to learn more.
<br><br>This specific course is something like a mix of basic procedural programming, numerical methods, data analysis, and symbolic manipulation. My research work is computational, so I hope that the students learn enough in the 2 credits to start working with me on simple projects. I do not hope or expect to produce experts with the course, but by the end of the semester, most of the students have acquired sufficient basic skill to code up a small Lennard-Jones molecular dynamics simulation, visualize and present the results with latex/gnuplot, and do some of the corresponding theory in Mathematica.
<br>Is that sufficiently ambiguous?<br><br>Nathan<br><br><div class="gmail_quote">On Nov 20, 2007 4:29 PM, Andrew Piskorski <<a href="mailto:email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org</a>> wrote:<br><blockquote class="gmail_quote" style="border-left: 1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204); margin: 0pt 0pt 0pt 0.8ex; padding-left: 1ex;">
<div class="Ih2E3d">On Tue, Nov 20, 2007 at 12:33:43PM -0600, Nathan Moore wrote:<br></div><div class="Ih2E3d">> I regularly teach a college course in a physics department that deals with<br>> scientific computation. After students take the course, I expect that
<br>> they'll be able to write simple "c-tran" style programs for data analysis,<br>> write basic MD or MC simulations, and be fairly fluent in Mathematica.<br><br></div>Who are your students? In particular, how many total semesters worth
<br>of programming classes will most of them be taking? Just one, or two<br>or three or more? And where does your class fall in that progression?<br><br>If you have a bunch of engineering-type students, most of whom will
<br>only get ONE semester of computer programming in college, and your<br>class is IT, then I've got a screed about that all written up and<br>ready to go. But from the the rest of your email, it sounds like that<br>
might not be the case. So, what's the full situation?<br><font color="#888888"><br>--<br>Andrew Piskorski <<a href="mailto:email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org</a>><br><a href="http://www.piskorski.com/" target="_blank">
http://www.piskorski.com/</a><br></font></blockquote></div><br><br clear="all"><br>-- <br>- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - <br>Nathan Moore<br>Assistant Professor, Physics<br>Winona State University<br>AIM: nmoorewsu
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