Paradigms and Paradoxes of Computational Physics

Dr. Daniel V. Schroeder
Department of Physics
Weber State University


Powerful electronic computers are now ubiquitous in homes, classrooms, and physics laboratories. Computational methods are needed in virtually every field of physics research, and computational skills are essential for virtually all physicists seeking employment. Yet physics educators still disagree over how, and even whether, to teach computational methods to physics students. I will discuss the reasons for this lack of consensus and show several examples of the sorts of computational work that can enrich every physics student's education.

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