made a sale speech on why Singapore should have Modelling Practices with Open Source Physics.
Are you convinced yet?
Modelling is a key activity in physics . The study of physics, more than any other branches of science, centres around making observations of natural phenomena, creating mathematical models and testing them through experiments . A mathematical model is a simplified version of an isolated complex real world system under study, which can be descriptive or explanatory, and has predictive power within certain limits . It serves as a bridge between abstract scientific theories and the observations and experiences of the real world . It is an important tool that is highly transferable to other disciplines, such as modelling of weather patterns, earthquakes, movement of people and even financial markets.
I would like to share this citation for the following rationale:
- The article is open access to allow anyone to refer to for in-depth cross examination.
- Open source Physics is winner of the Science Prize for Online Resources in Education (SPORE) award
- Wolfgang Christian and Francisco Esquembre have agreed to come to Singapore in 2014 to conduct workshops and give public lectures/presentations on their work in Physics Education, you can meet them if suits. J
- I am prepared to develop this modelling activity with Tracker and Easy Java Simulation, these tools are open sourced and free (cost zero dollars) for anyone to use.