Upper School Scientific Calculus

Calculus methods are used as the introductory mathematical tools for discussing and designing scientific experiments. Students are tasked with designing, building, implementing, and presenting experiments in small groups. Varying statistical methods of error analysis are used at the conclusion of each experiment. Students are required to assess each other’s' work as well as their own and are expected to give and receive critical feedback from peers. An example of a unit taught in the course includes Air Resistance, the unit culminated in modeling the two effects (air resistance and Magnus Effect) that allow MLB pitchers to create the motion on different pitches. This required learning an advanced method of approximation called Runge-Kutta 4. Students also shot baseballs out of a homemade air cannon to see some of these effects in action.

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