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.


One thought on “Student errors in computational physics models

  1. Pingback: Student errors in computational physics models « The Daily Photon | My Blog

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s