National Collegiate Honors Council


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Published in Honors in Practice, volume 3. Copyright 2007 National Collegiate Honors Council.


In this course, students perform and analyze physical experiments in the context of an advanced mathematics course. This capstone course integrates the students’ experience with mathematical modeling, mathematical analysis, numerical methods, computation, engineering and communication. In the first semester, students have short modules (2–4 weeks) that include relatively simple experiments and numerical simulations. This prepares students for the second semester, when students work in teams to perform and analyze experiments of greater complexity using more advanced mathematical skills. At the end of the second semester, students present their research results both orally and in writing.