The physics community is working to improve the undergraduate curriculum to include computer skills that graduates will need in the workforce. At Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, we have added computational tools to our Junior/Senior physics laboratory, PHYS421w Research Methods. The course emphasizes Python software tools (SciPy) for data analysis rather than traditional programming. The course uses real experiments to motivate the mastery of these tools.

Keywords:laboratorycomputingsoftware toolsexperiment