Student errors in computational physics models

An interesting post about recent work on the implementation of python-based modeling in physics courses. Read more at Mark Guzdial’s blog.

The post is part 2 of 3 that summarize some wonderful points in Marcos Daniel “Danny” Caballero’s PhD thesis at Georgia Tech. Danny is the first Physics Education Research (PER) student from GT.

I am interested in the possibility of catching some common exceptions and using python features to replace boring error messages with something that speaks to the underlying physics. I doubt this could be done on a general level, but perhaps it could be done for certain types of problems, and included invisibly by the instructor. I need to brush up on how to catch exceptions in python, but I’d like to hear from anyone who is familiar with python exceptions.

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