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  Session: Effective Practices in Educational Technologies
  Paper Type: Contributed
  Title: Capstone Projects Involving Computational Physics
  Meeting: 2017 Winter Meeting: Atlanta, Georgia
  Location: N/A
  Time: 12:00PM
  Author: Jeffrey W. Emmert,, Salisbury University,
410-677-5415, jwemmert@salisbury.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: In an effort to provide students with experience in conducting open-ended research and communicating the results, every upper-division physics major at Salisbury University is required to develop and complete a capstone project prior to graduation. Limited equipment and funding, however, constrain these activities and provide some challenge in finding projects that are both educational and exciting, yet realizable. Several students have recently taken advantage of the low cost and ubiquity of computers to explore topics in computational physics with success. By sharing some of these projects and describing a couple of them in detail – one involving diffusion limited aggregation and another involving the chaotic dynamics of a compound double pendulum – I hope to spark ideas that you may in turn use with your students.
  Footnotes: None
  Presentation: AAPT Winter Meeting 2017 Prensentation - Jeffrey Emmert.pptx

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