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Title: Modellus: Interactive computational modelling to improve teaching of physics in the geosciences
Authors: Neves, Rui
Neves, Maria da Conceição
Teodoro, Vítor
Keywords: Physics
Computational Modelling
Computational Geosciences
Issue Date: Jul-2013
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Neves, R., Neves, M. C., & Teodoro, V. (2013). Modellus: Interactive computational modelling to improve teaching of physics in the geosciences. Computers & Geosciences 56, 119-126
Abstract: Many aspects of modern research and other professional activities in the geosciences require advanced knowledge about mathematical physics models and scientific computation methods and tools. In-depth meaningful learning of such knowledge skills is a difficult cognitive process which involves developing strong background knowledge of physics, mathematics and scientific computation appropriately contextualised in the geosciences themes. In this paper we describe an interactive engagement teaching approach that is based on Modellus, a freely available computer software system allowing (1) mathematical modelling ranging from explorative to expressive modelling, (2) the introduction of scientific computation without requiring the development of a working knowledge of programming and (3) the simultaneous manipulation and analysis of several different model representations, namely, tables, graphs and animations with interactive objects having properties defined in a visible and modifiable mathematical model. As examples of application, with insights for the development of other activities in a wide range of geosciences courses, we discuss a set of interactive computational modelling activities for introductory meteorology we have implemented in undergraduate university courses.
Peer Reviewed: yes
metadata.dc.identifier.doi: 10.1016/j.cageo.2013.03.010
ISSN: 0098-3004
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