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Enculturation

Brown et. al. [3] suggest that students "use tools as practitioners use them, a student, like an apprentice must enter that community and its culture". The community of Computational Scientists share their results through publication of papers, software, etc. The tools in this class are Matlab, a web discussion board, and the class tutorial projects.

Matlab is a popular tool among computational scientists. It is used to test new algorithms and visualize data. The students will become proficient in Matlab through the lab assignments, and their own use of Matlab for their course project.

The students will further imitate the culture of computational science by communicating through a web board and by publishing the tutorials they construct as part of the course project. A web board allows students to help themselves and other students by asking and answering questions posted on the web-board. The tutorials will first be published to the other students in the class before the midterm and the final. Students will have incentive to work through the other tutorials in the class because the midterm and final will be based on material in the tutorials. This will be an added incentive for students to generate good tutorials to help their classmates. At the end of the course, the tutorials will be published on the web.


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Michelle Mills Strout 2002-06-28