A Collaborative Computational Sciences Program

Partially Funded by the Division of Undergraduate Education of the National Science Foundation

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James Madison University (JMU) and North Carolina Central University (NCCU) have developed a collaborative undergraduate program in computational science with five broad goals: Our program involves three elements: In the computational science program, we have initially focused on computational fluid dynamics (CFD) for several reasons. Fluid dynamics provides a rich source of problems that can be used to demonstrate diverse approaches to developing mathematical models. By limiting our scope to problems in fluid physics, we can require mathematics majors to take enough physics courses to have a firm scientific background in that field without requiring them to take what would be essentially a second major. In addition to being a rich source of physical and computational examples, fluid mechanics provides problems that draw on everyday experience and that students can recognize as useful and interesting. The CFD projects required to complete the program develop the student's physical intuition.
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