Day 64 - Computing Impacts All Fields - 11.18.15

Unit 4 - Intelligent Behavior
  • Lesson 4.1 Moore's Law and Modeling
    • In this lesson, students construct an understanding of how the explosion of technology over the last two decades has impacted every realm of study and employment. Students begin by researching the impact of computer modeling and simulation, which has been made possible by the rapid increase in computational power due to the continued applicability of Moore's Law. They then manipulate discrete electronic components to create logic gates. Students create comparable results using integrated circuits to get a feel for what it means to double the number of transistors that can fit in a given area. Students explore simulation in NetLogo directly by manipulating a model of predation and a model of the spread of viruses in humans. The lesson concludes with an examination of the code of ethics for simulationists and reflection on the necessity of adhering to such a code.
    • Essential Questions
      • How is automation changing our world?
      • How has simulation changed the design process in engineering and other creative fields?
    • 4.1.1 Computing Impacts All Fields
    • 4.1.2 Basic Control Circuits
    • 4.1.3 Introducing Simulations
    • 4.1.4 Varying Parameters
    • 4.1.5 Assumptions, Abstractions, and Ethics