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Issue No. 01 - January/February (2002 vol. 4)
ISSN: 1521-9615
pp: 92
<p>Traditional undergraduate physics courses typically employ the well-known lecture-and-recitation structure. These courses tend to be theory oriented with occasional demonstrations and a few references to crucial experiments. If such a course incorporates the computer, it is often an embellishment and does not replace existing material. A common approach to incorporating computers into a beginning course is for the instructor to present or make available some sort of simulation where the user can adjust parameters that control aspects of the simulation. Through this process, it is hoped that students will gain qualitative insight into the phenomena under consideration. However, which equations are being solved and by what method usually receive scant attention. Some beginning texts include a few spreadsheet problems or numerical examples that require a computer; typically these problems are in a separate section.</p>

D. Donnelly, "The Fireworks Effect: Exploring Trajectory Sets in Time," in Computing in Science & Engineering, vol. 4, no. , pp. 92, 2002.
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