In this multi-day session, we will begin with a hands-on introduction to how computer simulations are used in scientific research, focusing on a kind of simulation called "lattice models." We'll use Python code in Jupyter notebooks (which work through an Internet browser), and participants will change parameters in the code to see how this affects the simulated outcomes. In addition, we will examine a model for forest fires and a model for oil-water separation.
*Participants must have access to Python and Jupyter, with some packages such as Matplotlib installed. This will require either that participants download and install these things ahead of time, or that they have temporary access to campus computing resources through their Internet browsers. Instructions will be sent in the week before the session.
Speaker: Daniel Beller, UC Merced
Intended for middle and high school students and teachers
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