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Nate

Environmental / ecosystem monitoring. temperature levels / air quality. modelling specific regions vs global modelling

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Socioeconomic modelling. what happens with changes in legislation eg taxes, min wage. model of population behavior. (agent)

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Philip

Chemical modeling - Using resources to model molecules and looking at the kind of molecule a certain combination of atoms make. Goes into using this kind of modeling to make new drugs. Would include a lecture that harks back to an (most likely) earlier lecture about how modeling is the third leg and then go into how drug companies have saved billions of dollars by being able to get through the early phases of drug development with just models. Would have a lab to come up with a feasible possibility for a new type of drug, and what it would/could possibly treat. Need to look into the availability of a computational chem server, as it might not be for use for beyond high school.

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Possibly a more structured/simpler version of the parachute lab done in CS290. Obviously having them perform the parachute drops and such would not be feasible but we could have them start out with the videos and some figures and they would do the netlogo aspect of the lab for themselves. (Different sized parachutes attached to different weights - dropped them and measured them, and then tried to model it and decide how fast different weights should drop with different parachutes.)

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Bryan

Modeling a woodwind instrument - Could demonstrate how changing the hole positions would affect pitch/timbre. The paper below outlines a technique for modeling the tonehole attempting to account for the half-covered state present in real world performance. Might need some introduction to the physics of music, general properties of waves.

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Modeling airflow in a wind tunnel - The class could look at the complexity of modeling airflow around a simulated object. How detailed and complex can a virtual object become before modeling airflow around it becomes computationally infeasible? This unit might be able to use some of the physics background introduced in the Woodwind modeling unit described earlier. The fluid dynamics aspect might add a significant learning curve, however.

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Samuel

Fermiproblems - Use fermiproblems to encourage students to be comfortable making estimates and discovering ways to estimate with only limited data available. Examples are available here: http://iws.ccccd.edu/mbrooks/demos/fermi_questions.htm

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Assembling a phylogenetic tree - Look at models available from the bioinformatics toolbench and experiment with different ways comparing protein similarity. This could be tied into a lecture on protein folding as protein homology like indicative of phylogeny.

Vlado

Aerodynamics of an object:in try of reducing air drag with simulating different versions and simulations of a virtual object in air tunnel; improving it's aerodynamics - in purpose of enabling faster traveling but again trying to keep it safe. Air tunnel simulation basically - how would an object react depending on the material used and its shape/structure? How much does air affect its possible movement? And the direction of the 'blowing' and the movement of the object affects the simulation result. The idea started watching F1 'cars' - which try to use lighter materials so the weight doesn't affect speed, but also to improve very crucial factor - the aerodynamics of the vehicle. Must point out that this model would be based on the physics principles-so its that is the science side of it.

http://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/K-12/freesoftware_page.htm

**EngineSim **EngineSimr **FoilSim

When the files are downloaded; after unpacking them, they contain Java based simulations, which we open in our browser.


** "Make your own Wind Tunnel" I went through interesting links - depending on what we want to achieve this might help. http://sln.fi.edu/flights/first/makesimple/index.html

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Mikio

Ian

Kay

Dylan

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