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Physics for Filmmakers: Goals, Tracker Labs, and Projects
  Location: SS 104
  Date: Monday, Aug.1
  Time: 2:30 PM -2:40 PM
  Author: Timothy McCaskey
Columbia College Chicago - Dept. of Science and Mathematics
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: Columbia College offers an introductory, algebra-based mechanics course called "Physics for Filmmakers." The course is for students who wish to learn how to use the laws of physics in making more accurate and/or artistically deliberate choices in their filmmaking. We debunk common movie errors and misconceptions, and students must also complete a film project that demonstrates correct physics in some way. In this talk, I will discuss how we use Tracker ( in our labs to teach both filming ideas and physics concepts, some final film projects we have seen, and how we use PER-influenced ideas to further support our learning goals.
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