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G.D. Bothun (University of Oregon), C.D. Impey (University of Arizona)
We describe our progress to date on the construction of highly interactive applets based on real data for use in elementary and advanced astronomy classes. In the current climate, there is wholesale resistance and skepticism involving applet usage as a standard part of the curriculum. The reasons for this are many and varied but at least partially flow from a lack of knowing what is available and what is possible. In this talk, we hope to demonstrate some sophisticated and robust applets whose activities can not be reproduced by standard canned exercises and whose framework allows the ability for students to work together in teams on larger scale homework problems. The use of such material adds a dimension to Astronomy 101 that hitherto does not exist, particularly in large classes. The purpose of this talk is to make the community aware that such resources now exist.
This work is supported by NSF grant DUE-9752384 and also by the NSF's Recognition Award for the Integration of Research into Education.
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