Teaching Computation in the Sciences Using MATLAB
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Relaxation Method for a real parallel-plate capacitor
Sean Bartz, Indiana State University
Students learn to solve Laplace's equation for the potential in free space under the influence of a variety of boundary conditions that would be difficult to solve analytically, using the method of relaxation. ...
Modeling a voltage divider
Michele McColgan, Siena College
This is a homework assignment in a course in electronics for sophomore-level physics students on the topic of voltage dividers. At the start of the semester, students receive a kit of electronic components ...
Modeling River Long Profiles
Andrew Darling, Colorado State University
This project or multi-lab activity is designed to teach students about modeling landscape change caused by rivers over large time and spatial scales (e.g., the incision of Grand Canyon). Basic working knowledge of ...
Modeling an Neuron Action Potential in Matlab
Marjorie Hubbard, North Carolina School of Science and Math
This lab activity is designed to teach students (1) to transform the Hodgkin-Huxley (HH) membrane model into a programmable set of equations (2) To create a working membrane patch model in MATLAB using HH kinetics ...
Monitoring Algal Blooms with Landsat (OLI)
Andrew Fischer, university of tasmania
Algal blooms are caused by an aggregation of either microscopic phytoplankton or macro algae. They can produce toxic or harmful effects on humans and or the ecosystem. The purpose of this activity is to teach ...
Finite difference modeling of hillslope diffusion
Dylan Mikesell, Boise State University
This activity introduces students to the finite difference solution of the hill-slope diffusion PDE. The students derive partial derivatives from Taylor Series expansions of the 2D topography function z(x,t). After ...
Using MATLAB to understand distributions: Pokémon GO
Benjamin Bratton, Vanderbilt University
This problem set will help teach students how to describe real world distributions. Data science skills that will be covered include measures of central tendency and spread, transformations of distributions, ...
Curve Fitting Exercise in MATLAB
Wendy Thomas, University of Washington-Seattle Campus
In this activity, students program using MATLAB to compare the fit of several models to an experimental data set. The activity is designed to teach students with limited MATLAB experience how to write code to fit ...
Principal Component Analysis
Daniel Zysman, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Principal Component Analysis on the MNIST data set.
The 'Keeling Curve' and analyzing time series data in MATLAB
Gareth Funning, University of California-Riverside
In this exercise, we analyze the trends in the CO2 record monitored at Mauna Loa, (the 'Keeling Curve'). This is an exercise in data handling, interpolation, trend estimation and extrapolation.