Do you use Mathematica/Maple to help you with problems?

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In advanced undergraduate physics, the ability for the student to work out the mathematics is often PART of the course objective!

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Nevertheless, the computer is part and parcel of the physicist's toolbox and it is an unnatural restriction to have exams avoid their use altogether.
 
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Nevertheless, the computer is part and parcel of the physicist's toolbox and it is an unnatural restriction to have exams avoid their use altogether.
Do you know any actual examples of not just graphing calculator; but "the computer,..." being used on Physics examinations in Physics classrooms?
 
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Do you know any actual examples of not just graphing calculator; but "the computer,..." being used on Physics examinations in Physics classrooms?

I don't know the extent to which the computer is allowed or disallowed in exams. The example I was thinking of is that someone has posted online the solutions to Griffiths QM problems. When they get to a hard integral they put it into Maple and quote the result.

If Maple were allowed in an exam, then the time allocated to solving a hard integral by hand could be saved giving more time to test the student's knowledge of QM.

That was my point in a nutshell.
 
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I'm not a Physics student, but in my undergrad in chemE in courses like fluid dynamics, thermodynamics and chemical plants we were allowed, during the exam, to use whatever we wanted to solve a differential equation/integrals (numerically or analytically it didn't matter). The exam was very difficult though.
 
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If Maple were allowed in an exam, then the time allocated to solving a hard integral by hand could be saved giving more time to test the student's knowledge of QM.

Or, not put problems with hard integrals on an exam and just test the students knowledge of QM.
 

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