Title: Undergraduate Research in the First and Second Year
Abstract: I like to define undergraduate research as asking interesting questions and finding answers to those questions. Video analysis is one of the most economical and flexible experimental techniques to enable students to do undergraduate research, starting with introductory physics. Particular features of Tracker--a free cross-platform, open-source video analysis application--allow students to easily change reference frames, compensate for panning and zooming of a camera, auto-track objects, and test a numerical model. Computational modeling, using tools such as Easy Java Simulations and VPython, allow introductory students to solve problems numerically so that they can compare predictions from theoretical models to experimental results. Student projects will be demonstrated, with an emphasis on the benefit of undergraduate research in the freshman and sophomore years.
Dana Science Classroom-146
Fabros, Susan L