Date: Around 1993
As a scientist, how important do you feel it is for students to
gain experience with computers and physics on the high school level?
I consider computer experience extremely important for many
subjects, especially the sciences, particularly physics. Students who have
never used a computer are naturally a little shy of them, but by the time they
enter college, they should not be. As for physics, I believe there are
various simulation programs available (maybe free-- check your local Mac
user's group) that demonstrate, for example, Newtonian motion, or simple
thermodynamics, or operating the Space Shuttle (Mission to Mars, maybe only
available for Macs). Also check with Apple: they have special programs to
put computers (Macs) into classrooms!
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