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VPython Standards

Here is a whole bunch of information about the numerical calculations and VPython standards.


  • You can install VPython by going to http://www.vpython.org
  • If you don’t want to do that, you can use GlowScript (essentially web-based vpython)
  • The computers in Pursley Hall 109 (computer lab) have vpython installed on them also.
  • If you want to write a numerical calculation in something, that’s fine – I need to be able to figure out what you did though.  Vpython is going to be the easiest for both you and me.

Learning VPython

That should be enough to get you started.  This Thursday I will be in Pursely Hall 109 from 1:30-2:30.  If you need help, stop by and ask questions.

VPython Standard

I already have a vpython standard listed on the standards page.  Here are some more details (this will be the only standard that won’t also have an in-class quiz).

  • The first submission of the standard will be due Feb 19.
  • You need to write a numerical calculation to model some motion.
  • Create a screencast in which you briefly go over your code and show how it runs.
  • If you get something to run, I will assign points based on the following: 3 points for a constant force problem, 4 points for non-constant forces problem, 5 points for an interesting problem that can’t be solved analytically.
  • For this particular standard, if you want to opt-out of the video screencast you can show me your code in person.
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