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Using MATLAB to Enrich Elementary Linear Algebra Course part of Teaching Computation in the Sciences:Matlab Workshop 2018:Essays
Sandra Fital-Akelbek, Weber State University
Sandra Fital-Akelbek, Mathematics, Weber State University Linear Algebra has broad applications in various disciplines, for example, in computer graphics, in modeling biological or social systems, or in ...

Subject: Mathematics

Scientific Computation and Preparedness for Undergraduate Research part of Teaching Computation in the Sciences:Matlab Workshop 2018:Essays
Jeremy Loebach, Saint Olaf College
Jeremy Loebach, Psychology, Saint Olaf College As a Cognitive Neuroscientist, I teach a number of lab courses in which students design and conduct empirical studies, and analyze, interpret and display the data. ...

Computation and Assessment part of Teaching Computation in the Sciences:Matlab Workshop 2018:Essays
Michael Groves, California State University-Fullerton
Michael Groves, Chemistry and Biochemistry, California State University-Fullerton I teach quantum mechanics, thermodynamics, kinetics and statistical mechanics. These courses typically have problems that are very ...

Subject: Chemistry

Specifications-Based Grading for Assessing Student Learning part of Teaching Computation in the Sciences:Matlab Workshop 2018:Essays
Kristi Closser, California State University-Fresno
Kristi Closser, California State University-Fresno What is the difference between a student who receives a 79% in a course and one who gets 80%? At my university, we do not have +/- designations associated with ...

Subject: Chemistry

Using Mastery Learning Ideas to Assess Student Work part of Teaching Computation in the Sciences:Matlab Workshop 2018:Essays
Thomas Kelley, Northeastern University
Thomas Kelley, Physics, Northeastern University Using Mastery Learning Ideas to Assess Student Work Assessing the skills of my students is the hardest part of teaching coding and/or programming. Assessing a ...

Subject: Physics

Computation in Civil Engineering part of Teaching Computation in the Sciences:Matlab Workshop 2018:Essays
Julie Fogarty, California State University-Sacramento
Julie Fogarty, California State University-Sacramento Most of the undergraduate civil engineering curriculum is spent doing hand calculations based on theories that lead to closed-form and relatively simple ...

Subject: Engineering

"The Gentle Art of Data Science:" Increasing comfort with computation part of Teaching Computation in the Sciences:Matlab Workshop 2018:Essays
Andrew Fischer, university of tasmania
Andrew Fischer, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania The extraction and interpretation of information from vast quantities of data is now a fundamental part of advanced inquiry across ...

Subject: Biology, Geoscience, Environmental Science

Troubleshooting mathematical instruction that includes computation part of Teaching Computation in the Sciences:Matlab Workshop 2018:Essays
Morgan Fonley, Alma College
Morgan Fonley, Mathematics, Alma College Among our greatest challenges in incorporating computational skills in math classes is the variability of our students' backgrounds. Because our courses are not ...

Subject: Mathematics

Coding is Thinking part of Teaching Computation in the Sciences:Matlab Workshop 2018:Essays
Heather Whitney, Wheaton College (IL)
Heather Whitney, Physics, Wheaton College (IL) Coding is Thinking Most of the courses I teach in our major make use of computation, but they are at different levels, so there are different, but related, challenges ...

Subject: Physics

Developmentally Appropriate Numerical Analysis for Engineers? part of Teaching Computation in the Sciences:Matlab Workshop 2018:Essays
Eugene Mahmoud, Mt. San Antonio College
Eugene Mahmoud, Physics and Engineering, Mt. San Antonio College A lot of the functionality of MATLAB for engineering students is in topics that most first-year and second-year students have yet to ...

Subject: Engineering

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