Science Centre, KidsSTOP™ and Omni-Theatre are closed on 25 June 2018.

The Crane exhibit in KidsSTOP™'s Built Environment is under maintenance. Sorry for the inconvenience!

Please note that the Science Centre exhibitions will be closed on all Mondays except school and public holidays. Lab lessons for schools will continue as per normal on closure days. We thank you for your understanding.


Science makes extensive use of models to describe reality. The predictive powers of models are also the foundation of technology/engineering. However, even the application of simple models can quickly result in challenging mathematical problems. Numerical simulations on computers are a much easier way to understand the behaviour of a model. In this workshop, students formulate mathematical models of simple mechanical systems such as the motion of projectiles including air drag, the non-harmonic motion of a physical pendulum, or the motion of a planet. They get introduced to the principles of solving the equations of motions by numerical integration and program computers using the Python language accordingly.

kinematics; dynamics; Newton's law; forces, energy; gravitational field, motion in a circle, oscillations; algorithms; programming, rate and speed; functions and graphs; problems in real-world contexts; geometry and measurement, functions and graphs; vectors; sequences and series; calculus; numerical methods

Delivery Type Lecture Demonstration
Level S2, S3, S4, S5, JC1, JC2
Number of Pax 10 to 24
Duration 3.00 hours
Fees $15


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