Computers in Physics
Educational Software Contest
WINNERS OF FIRST ANNUAL CONTEST
Prizes awarded in January 1991; software described in CIP 4:5, 1990,
Mark Baratta, University of Wisconsin, with Gordon Wolfe, for:
Uses Snell's law to trace rays through a multi-element optical system.
Eric Mazur, Harvard University, for:
THE ESSENCE OF PHYSICS
Reinforces learning from a calculus-based general-physics text through
interactive presentations and exercises.
Edward Redish, University of Maryland, with James Harold and Ken Hennacy,
Solves for the motion of two massive bodies moving under the influence
of gravity and plots the orbits.
Bruce Sherwood, Carnegie Mellon University, for:
Graphs the solutions of algebraic or ordinary differential equations.
J. C. Sprott, University of Wisconsin, with George Rowlands, for:
Demonstrates 18 examples of dynamical chaos and related phenomena.
G. W. Forbes, University of Rochester, with Peter Hoch and Simon Cohen,
Computes and displays intensity maps representing Fresnel and Fraunhofer
Michael Liebl, Mount Michael Benedictine H.S., for:
Calculates and displays potential for charges on a two-dimensional
David McKinstry, Eastern Washington University, for:
Visualizes Bravais lattices in three dimensions.
Edward Redish, University of Maryland, with G. Norkus and J. Harold, for:
Simulates motion of up to 1000 particles in a two-dimensional box.
Jack Wilson, University of Maryland, with Edward Redish, for:
THE M.U.P.P.E.T. UTILITIES
Supports development of programs with interactive data screens and
Victor A. Schmidt, University of Pittsburgh, for:
Simulates arrival of seismic P and S waves so as to teach user how
to determine epicenter.
Edwin Taylor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with Eric Berman,
Glen Myers, Alejandro Caro, and Christopher Mayer, for:
Helps students to develop an intuition for special relativity.
Alan Wolf, Cooper Union, with Thomas Bessoir, for:
Demonstrates key features of deterministic chaos.
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