The geometry of space and time Date and time: 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM on March 14, 2009. Place: Sinai Hall, YWCA International Center, 18 Madame Cama Road, Fort, Mumbai. Organization: Saumen Datta, Sourendu Gupta, Nilmani Mathur: TIFR, Mumbai.

Workshop on the Teaching of Computational Physics

A one-day meeting called "Workshop on the Teaching of Computational Physics", is being organized by TIFR, Mumbai on Saturday, March 14, 2009. The meeting will start at 10:30 AM and last till 4:30 PM.

Purpose

The workshop is meant to bring together the varied experiences that the participants may have had in designing and teaching of courses in numerical methods and computational physics at the bachelor's and master's levels, and to discuss the constraints which prevent us from doing more (or different) to prepare students for research environments where computational abilities are a key factor in enhancing one's performance. The workshop will be geared towards discussions and sharing of experiences, but we will try to structure it through a very small set of formal presentations.

Participants

Name Affiliation
Ronojoy Adhikari IMSc, Chennai
Shibaji Banerjee St. Xavier's, Kolkata
Ananda Dasgupta IISER, Kolkata
Saumen Datta TIFR, Mumbai
Deepak Dhar TIFR, Mumbai
Amit Ghosal IISER, Kolkata
Sourendu Gupta TIFR, Mumbai
Nilmani Mathur TIFR, Mumbai
Amitabha Mukherjee Delhi University
S. Anantha Ramakrishna IIT, Kanpur
Subhankar Ray Jadavpur University
Parongama Sen Kolkata University
Jyoti Singh St. Xavier's, Mumbai
P. B. Sunil Kumar IIT, Chennai
Vikram Vyas St. Stephens, Delhi

Program

Computational physics 10:30 — 12:30
10:30 — 11:00 "A course in Computational Physics at Delhi University", by Amitabha Mukherjee (DU).
11:00 — 11:30 "Teaching Computational Physics to undergraduates in Kolkata", by Ananda Dasgupta (IISER, Kolkata).
11:30 — 11:40 "Teaching Computational Physics to Masters' students in Kolkata", by Shibaji Banerjee (St. Xavier's, Kolkata).
11:40 — 12:30 Discussion on designing and teaching computational physics courses
Numerical Analysis
12:30 — 13:30
12:30 — 13:00 "Experiences in teaching Numerical Analysis", by P. B. Sunil Kumar (IIT, Chennai)
13:00 — 13:20 Discussion on course work on numerical analysis
13:20 — 13:30 "Numerical Analysis in Jadavpur University", by Subhankar Ray (JU)
13:30 — 14:30 Lunch and break
Computation in physics
14:30 — 15:30
14:30 — 14:40 "Teaching computational physics to undergraduates at CMI", by Ronojoy Adhikari (IMSc)
14:40 — 14:50 "Computational physics in Kolkata University", by Parongama Sen (CU)
14:50 — 15:00 "Computational components of undergraduate physics in St. Stephen's College", by Vikram Vyas (St. Stephen's, Delhi)
15:00 — 15:30 "Reorienting undergraduate physics in the era of ubiquitious computing", by Sourendu Gupta (TIFR)
Summary discussion 15:30 — 16:30 How to familiarize students with computational tools for solving physics problems: road maps and road blocks

Practicalities

The meeting

The meeting will take place in the Sinai Hall of the YWCA International Center (18 Madame Cama Road, Fort, Mumbai). There are facilities for projecting powerpoint or pdf files during the meeting. If you need to use some other format then please check with us beforehand.

Arrival and stay

There will be no airport pickup or drop. Take a taxi to and fro. There is no prepaid taxi at the domestic terminal of the Mumbai airport. The meeting (and the night's accomodation, for those who want it) has been arranged at the YWCA International Center. Payments will be directly handled by us.

Taxis between the airport and YWCA

Taxis to YWCA from the airport should cost around Rs. 300. If your taxi has the old mechanical meter, then the amount on the meter has to be multiplied by a factor of about 14 to compute the cost of your trip. Electronic meters show the correct amount directly. Traffic conditions are unpredictable; allow about 90 minutes between the airport and YWCA during working hours.

At the airport specify that you want to get to "Regal Cinema, Colaba" or "Museum, Colaba". Both landmarks are known to all taxi drivers. Check the location of YWCA Center relative to these landmarks on the map.

Refreshments, lunch and dinner

Coffee and tea will be served during the talks. Lunch will be served at the YWCA. For those who are planning to stay a night, breakfast and dinner are included in the room rental at the YWCA.


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