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Numerical Calculations Standard

Now is the time for the vpython standard (I am now calling it the Numerical Calculations standard).  I am making it due on Feb 15 – 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 (or Glowscript or trinket.io), but you can use whatever you want.  Here are some notes:

  • 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:

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