Norman Chonacky

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Most CiSE readers have probably used Maple, Mathematica, or Matlab for several years. With this review series, our goal is to help you now decide whether one of the others is better suited to your temperament and current practice than your original choice. For those of you new to integrative computing packages, our goal is to enable you to make an informed(More)
There is substantial evidence of a need to make computation an integral part of the undergraduate physics curriculum. This need is consistent with data from surveys in both the academy and the workplace, and has been reinforced by two years of exploratory efforts by a group of physics faculty for whom computation is a special interest. We have examined past(More)
Our intent with this Technology Review is to present a framework that helps educators make their own critical comparison of Maple, Mathematica, and Matlab as candidate computational productivity tools for use in their instructional programs. This is an alternative to our providing a critical comparison of our own, as would be conventional in a review. In(More)
The authors review a technological process and describe the lessons learned from engaging in it. On the surface, the main issues are the trade-offs in developing a "product", in this case, a directionally sensitive light sensor for environmental monitoring applications, using either a "build it" or "buy it" approach. The design criteria include performance(More)
To begin this new series of Technology Reviews, the authors explore the three preeminent productivity tools for scientific and engineering computation. The forthcoming series will compare the tools in areas they overlap and contrast their scopes in areas where they extend beyond one another. The authors plan to particularly examine how they support three(More)
The author reviews Stella's modeling capabilities for both research and instruction. He describes the basic modeling tools using his student's quest as a simple, illustrative case study, exploring how these tools contribute to speed and efficiency in creating models for concept testing. He also examines some of Stella's broader research capabilities in the(More)
There is a technique of engineering analysis which can be described as "impulse synthesis" which uses the observational data of a system's response to a single sharp blow in order to predict its response to a steady force. This same technique has been applied to the calculation of in situ drug levels and for calculating plasma clearance values. The purpose(More)