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VPython Standard

Now is the time for the vpython standard.  I am making it due on Wednesday October 3 – so you have some time.  Here is what I want:

A 5 minute or less screen cast that shows me a numerical calculation.  I would suggest using VPython, but you can use whatever you want.  Here are some notes:

  • I have posted 3 tutorial documents on vpython on the moodle site.  Check them out if you want to use vpython.
  • Here is a rough scoring guide:
  • 5 points: this is a numerical solution to an interesting problem that can’t be solved analytically.  Also, the screen cast will include evidence that suggests the calculation is valid (like looking at the extreme cases of low mass or whatever)
  • 4 points: this is a numerical solution for a problem with non constant forces
  • 3 points: this is a numerical solution for something fairly trivial, like a constant force motion

If you go through the tutorials I posted on moodle, you should be able to at least get a 4.  Here are some other notes:

  • I hate to make you create a screencast, but I think this is the best.
  • You need to show your screencast to two other people before you send it to me.
  • One way to share your screencast would be to just post the link in moodle.
  • If you absolutely don’t want to make a screencast, you can show your program in class instead.
  • Don’t forget to submit this on time.  If you do, you can always fix stuff and resubmit it.
  • If you get stuck, ask for help.

 

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