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||Teaching Computer-Based Data Acquisition and Analysis Research Skills Using LabVIEW
||The computer now stands alongside such equipment as the multimeter and the oscilloscope as one of the standard tools of scientific research. In this talk, I will describe how the LabVIEW graphical programming environment has been used to teach computer-based experimental physics research skills in Reed College's junior-level advanced laboratory course. Over the course of this instruction, students learn the LabVIEW programming language while constructing several computer-based instruments (digital oscilloscope, digital thermometer, spectrum analyzer, temperature control system), writing programs that explore useful data analysis techniques (numerical integration and differentiation, curve fitting, Fast Fourier transform), and communicating with a stand-alone instrument over an interface bus (GPIB, USB). Examples will be given of how students have used their LabVIEW training in implementing independent projects and some suggestions will be offered regarding minimizing the required cost and time for LabVIEW-based instruction.
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John M. Essick