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From: M Goldstein

To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Date: 2006080216:31:05
Subject: Physics with a PC

The skill I developed as physics student (years ago) was "how to
think". Working the physics problems at the end of the chapters was my
exercise. Today, students have an added bonus to enhance their
thinking skills - THE PC. The PC for science majors can be more than a
super typewriter, dictionary or encyclopedia if they learn how to
write programs. Programming the PC is a thinking exercise. 

The book "PHYSICS FOIBLES" contains more than sixty programs (with
comments) that examines Entropy, Heisenberg Uncertainty, Godel
Incompleteness and Chaos Theory. Although the programs are written in
the Visual Basic language they are adequately commented so that one
may clone them (as an exercise) in FORTRAN, C, C++ or any other
languages of their choice. 
For further information on the book click on: 

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