I have always found the standard way of teaching just via textbooks soo limiting. When I was trying to understand the principles behind shape functions in FEM, 3D visualization tools were of great help. I wish to teach the students in the way I have learned, but I also understand that it is a very daunting task for students - who are not well versed in the field of programming - to code stuff on their own. That is why I find Jupyter notebooks really interesting and a solution to my problem.
I am writing this post as I am creating this repository to help a student with FEM.
Benefits of Jupyter notebook
- Allows to write the theory of the problem with actual code execution. See here.
- Is easy to work with in Windows, Linux or MAC.
- Could be rendered online and thus shared with the whole class.
- Supports 2D as well as 3D graphs. Also, supports interactive graphs.
- Since it is based on python, learning in Jupyter opens up a whole new world of applications for the student.
How to make a tutorial in Jupyter
Make the repository in Github in which you wish to keep all your tutorials.
README.ipynbfile to the repo and keep it in sync with the actual
Get the link to your rendered notebook and paste it in the Github repo
Now, keep both the
README.mdfiles updated with the source code. Think of it as an index for your tutorials.
For every problem that you add to the repo, update the
Contentswith a link to that file. You need to adjust the link as follows
Github URL: - https://github.com/iitrabhi/fem/blob/main/README.ipynb
In your GitHub url, you need to just change
Update both the
README.mdas well as