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Ask Richard F. Martin, physics professor at Illinois State University, about the state of computational physics education, and he’ll tell you it needs improvement. As a highly specialized area of study, it attracts few students, causing some universities to drop the program altogether. Additionally, while the field of computational physics in general has made great progress since the mid-20th century, corresponding education programs have failed to keep pace. That’s why Martin identifies several key factors for universities to consider when establishing undergraduate computational studies curriculum.

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