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VCalc: An iPhone app for Intro Physics Courses
  Location: HC 3027
  Date: Monday, Aug.1
  Time: 1:30 PM -2:00 PM
  Author: Steve Spicklemire, University of Indianapolis
(317) 847-3548, spicklemire@uindy.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: VCalc is an RPN vector calculator for the iPhone/iPod designed to help in performing various vector-intensive computations on a portable device. VCalc was created out of a need to perform vector calcuations like those required in intro physics courses, particularly the great "Matter and Interactions" curriculum developed by Ruth Chabay and Bruce Sherwood. This talk is a "behind the scenes" view of the development of an iPhone application intended for student use and the likely potentialities and limitations of such an approach. Alternative approaches and related apps are also discussed.
  Footnotes: URL for VCalc: http://www.spvi.net/VCalc_Support
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