APS April Meeting

Integrating Computation into the Undergraduate Physics Curriculum

Saturday, April 13, 2019
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Director's Row I

The Partnership for Integration of Computation into Undergraduate Physics (PICUP) seeks to expand the role of computation in the undergraduate physics curriculum. Its projects facilitate the integration of computation by helping faculty transform their own course materials.

In this workshop, we will discuss the importance of integrating computation into the physics curriculum and guide participants in discussing and planning how they would integrate computation into their courses. The PICUP partnership has developed materials for a variety of physics courses in a variety of platforms including C/C++, Fortran, Python/Jupyter Notebooks, Octave/MATLAB, Mathematica, Glowscript, and Excel.

Participants will receive information on the computational materials that have been developed, ways to tailor the materials to their own classes, and available faculty opportunities and support through the PICUP partnership. Participants should bring a laptop computer with their preferred programming language/environment installed.


  • The PICUP framework for integrating computation.
  • Discussion of ways of integrating computation, along with benefits and challenges of integrating computation.
  • Showcase of available materials on, including time to explore and try the exercises.

Workshop Organizers

  • Larry Engelhardt, Francis Marion University
  • Kelly Roos, Bradley University

Who Should Attend?

  • Faculty, graduate students, and postdocs who teach undergraduate physics courses and are interested in integrating computation into those courses either as part of a lecture, homework, a laboratory, or student projects.
  • Graduate students and postdocs who are interested in teaching and would like to learn about ways of integrating computation.