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  Session: Jupyter: VPython/GlowScript
  Paper Type: Invited
  Title: Python Across the Curriculum: From Glowscript to Jupyter and Beyond
  Meeting: 2017 Summer Meeting: Cincinnati, Ohio
  Location: N/A
  Time: 5:00PM
  Author: Matthew Craig,, Minnesota State University Moorhead,
2184435979, mcraig@mnstate.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: The introductory calculus-based physics course at Minnesota State University Moorhead uses glowscript vpython. Later courses, including a computational physics course, use python, and some faculty use Jupyter notebooks for research. This talk provides an overview of how the department uses python and Jupyter notebooks, and the reasons notebooks are challenging for novice programmers. We will cover the transitions from glowscript vpython, to writing python files that are run in a command-line interpretor using Spyder, to using notebooks. We will include some suggestions for best practices to use in glowscript to make the transitions easier. A couple of promising options for using notebooks without a local python installation that are free and low-effort will also be discussed.
  Footnotes: None
  Presentation: aapt-glow-jupyter-2017.pdf

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