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CSERD: Computational Science Education Reference Desk

The Computational Science Education Reference Desk (CSERD) features resources to help students learn about computational science and to help teachers incorporate it into the classroom. Computational science involves the appropriate use of a computational architecture or computing environment (a computer, calculator, abacus, dice, or the like) to apply some algorithm, or mathematical method, to solve some scientific application, or problem. This combination of application, algorithm, and architecture results in a model that can be used as a scientific tool. The Resources section of the CSERD site provides a permanent collection of materials developed especially for CSERD, including models (pieces of scientific software), activities (lessons or lesson plans that use models), tutorials (short courses designed to teach a specific topic), applications, algorithms, architectures, and several other categories. The Resources form part of a larger catalogue of computational science items gathered by CSERD from around the internet. The catalogue can be searched or browsed by subject, keyword, education level, audience, and resource type. The record for each item includes a link to the resource, title, brief description, education level, and other information.

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2-D Waves Applet
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This java applet is a simulation that demonstrates scalar waves (such as sound waves) in two dimensions. It demonstrates the wave principles behind slit diffraction, zone plates, and holograms.

Subject:
Computing and Information
Physics
Provider:
Shodor
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CSERD: Computational Science Education Reference Desk
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Paul Falstad
Date Added:
10/30/2014
AAA Math
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Hundreds of pages of Basic Math Skills. Interactive Practice on every page. An Explanation of the math topic on each page. Several Challenge Games on every page. Math Problems are randomly created.

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Computing and Information
Mathematics
Provider:
Shodor
Provider Set:
CSERD: Computational Science Education Reference Desk
Date Added:
10/30/2014
AJ Crossover Calculator
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Solves for inductor and capacitor values for first, second, third and fourth order passive crossover systems for two way speaker systems. Includes Butterworth, Linkwitz-Riley, Bessel, Chebychev, Legendre, Gaussian and Linear-phase type calculations.

Subject:
Computing and Information
Education
Physics
Material Type:
Simulation
Provider:
Shodor
Provider Set:
CSERD: Computational Science Education Reference Desk
Author:
Jimmy Raymond
Date Added:
10/30/2014
AJ Geometric Formulas Calculator
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Solve various attributes of shapes and solids. Includes calculations for circle, parallelogram, rectangle, square, trapezoid, right circular cone, right circular cylinder, rectangular solid, and sphere geometric formulas. Geometry attributes include volume, area, perimeter, surface area, radius, length and circumference.

Subject:
Computing and Information
Mathematics
Physics
Material Type:
Simulation
Provider:
Shodor
Provider Set:
CSERD: Computational Science Education Reference Desk
Author:
Jimmy Raymond
Date Added:
10/30/2014
AJ Interest Rate Calculator
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Online calculator for solving various interest related equations. Includes computations for compound interest, simple interest, annual percentage rate(APR) and regular deposits.

Subject:
Computing and Information
Education
Mathematics
Physics
Material Type:
Simulation
Provider:
Shodor
Provider Set:
CSERD: Computational Science Education Reference Desk
Author:
Jimmy Raymond
Date Added:
10/30/2014
AJ Ohm's Law Calculator
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The electrical relationships between resistance (R), current (I), power (P) and voltage (E) is defined by Ohm's Law. One ohm is defined as the resistance which allow the current of one ampere under a potential difference of 1 volt.

Subject:
Computing and Information
Education
Physics
Material Type:
Simulation
Provider:
Shodor
Provider Set:
CSERD: Computational Science Education Reference Desk
Author:
Jimmy Raymond
Date Added:
10/30/2014
AJ Triangle Equations and Formulas Calculator
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Solve various attributes of different types of triangles. Triangle types include equilateral, isosceles, right and scalene. Attributes include sides, angles, altitudes, medians, angle bisectors, perimeters, semiperimeters, areas, radius of circumscribed circles, Pythagorean Theorem, radius of inscribed circles.

Subject:
Computing and Information
Physics
Material Type:
Simulation
Provider:
Shodor
Provider Set:
CSERD: Computational Science Education Reference Desk
Author:
Jimmy Raymond
Date Added:
10/30/2014
Accelerating Geophysics Simulation using CUDA
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CitcomS, a finite element code that models convection in the Earth's mantle, is used by many computational geophysicists to study the Earth's interior. In order to allow faster experiments and greater simulation capability, there is a push to increase the performance of the code to allow more computations to complete in the same amount of time. To accomplish this we leverage the massively parallel capabilities of graphics processors (GPUs), specifically those using NVIDIA's CUDA framework. We translated existing functions to run in parallel on the GPU, starting with the functions where the most computing time is spent. Running on NVIDIA Tesla GPUs, initial results show an average speedup of 1.8 that stays constant with increasing problem sizes and scales with increasing numbers of MPI processes. As more of the CitcomS code is successfully translated to CUDA, and as newer general purpose GPU frameworks like Fermi are released, we should continue to see further speedups in the future.

Subject:
Computing and Information
Education
Geoscience
Physics
Provider:
Shodor
Provider Set:
CSERD: Computational Science Education Reference Desk
Author:
Brandon Holt
Daniel Ernst
Date Added:
10/30/2014
Advanced MPI: MPI Tuning or How to Save SUs by Optimizing your MPI Library!
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With the diversity of platforms, it is impossible for MPI libraries to automatically provide the best performance for all existing applications. Through this tutorial, attendees will discover that MPI libraries are not black boxes and contain several options allowing the user to enhance MPI applications. From basic (Process Mapping, Collective Tuning...) to advanced features (Multicast, Unreliable Datagram, Kernel-assisted Approaches), this tutorial will cover a large spectrum of possibilities offered by MPI libraries to improve the performance of parallel applications on both TACC systems and other clusters.

Subject:
Computing and Information
Material Type:
Lecture Notes
Provider:
Shodor
Provider Set:
CSERD: Computational Science Education Reference Desk
Author:
John Lockman
Date Added:
10/30/2014
AgentSheets
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Educational Use
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From personal and information Agents to interactive demos, modifiable simulations to virtual game worlds, AgentSheets' unique user interface captivates people and draws them into a new relationship with technology.

Subject:
Computing and Information
Provider:
Shodor
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CSERD: Computational Science Education Reference Desk
Author:
Alex Reppening
Date Added:
10/30/2014
Air Quality Meteorology
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The goal of this course is to introduce participants to the basic concepts of meteorology and air quality necessary to understand meteorological computer models. This course, along with companion courses in Computational Atmospheric Science and Emissions, anticipates the Models3 environment under development by the EPA. Upon completion of the course, participants should understand the fundamental principles of meteorology. In addition, participants will be introduced to the application of these principles to air quality, especially through atmospheric modeling. Moreover, during the course a number of issues involved in simulating atmospheric processes in a computer-based model will be presented.

Subject:
Computing and Information
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
Shodor
Provider Set:
CSERD: Computational Science Education Reference Desk
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developed for The Environmental Protection Agency in conjunction with US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Shodor Education Foundation
Date Added:
10/30/2014
American Indian Higher Education Consortium
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The American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC), since 1972, has been the collective spirit and voice of our nation's Tribal Colleges and Universities, advocating on behalf of individual institutions of higher education that are defined and controlled by their respective tribal nations. AIHEC's mission is to nurture, advocate, and protect American Indian history, culture, art and language, and the legal and human rights of American Indian people to their own sense of identity and heritage.

Subject:
Computing and Information
Education
Provider:
Shodor
Provider Set:
CSERD: Computational Science Education Reference Desk
Date Added:
10/30/2014