Computers in Physics
Educational Software Contest
WINNERS OF FIFTH ANNUAL CONTEST
Prizes awarded in January 1995; software described in CIP 8:6, 1994,
Wolfgang Christian, Davidson College, for:
EQUATION AND OTHER PDEs
Solves partial differential equations of fundamental importance in
physics and explores the time evolution of their solutions.
Freeman Deutsch, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, for:
Enables interactive study of the relationship between a function and
its derivatives--for example, the relationship between the displacement,
velocity, and acceleration of an object.
Graham Oberem, University of Washington, for:
Engages students in dialogs about free-body force diagrams so as to
improve the students' ability to isolate an object and identify the external
forces on it.
Glenn Snyder, Gettysburg College, for:
Simulates experiments in introductory astronomy.
Ronald Stoner, Bowling Green State University, for:
Animates and displays three-dimensional views of the electric and magnetic
fields in a propagating electromagnetic wave as it interacts with various
materials and optical devices.
Daniel Styer, Oberlin College, for:
MECHANICAL TIME DEVELOPMENT and IDENTICAL PARTICLES IN QUANTUM MECHANICS
Simulates the evolution of wave packets in one-dimensional potentials
and noninteracting identical particles in an infinite square well.
Robert Beichner, North Carolina State University, for:
Analyzes object motion frame by frame in QuickTime movies.
Darrel Conway, Computer Sciences Corporation, for:
Simulates Bell's inequality.
Randall S. Jones, Loyola College, for:
THE MOTION GENERATOR
Displays solutions of classical dynamics problems.
Gordon Ramsey, Loyola University of Chicago, for:
THE CATHODE RAY OSCILLOSCOPE
Teaches terminology and operation of the oscilloscope.
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