AAS 197, January 2001
Session 120. Innovations in Teaching Astronomy III
Joint Oral, Thursday, January 11, 2001, 10:30am-12:00noon, Pacific One

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[120.06] Computational Javalabs for Astronomy Education

C. Mihos (CWRU)

Computer technology plays an ever-increasing role in modern astrophysical research, through the use of computational simulations and large observational datasets. These same computational techniques can be used to give students the kind of ``hands-on'' experience which improve comprehension and retention of astronomical concepts. Using Java technology integrated into commonly available web-browsers, computational laboratories are presented which allow students to study galaxy interactions, dark matter, stellar orbits, clusters of galaxies, and the age and size of the Universe. These publicly available ``Javalab'' exercises each come integrated within an online explantory supplement, and are appropriate for students at a variety of levels -- from high school to graduate school -- as well as the general public.

The Javalab is supported by the National Science Foundation through CAREER grant 9876143.

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