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written by D. A. Briotta, P. F. Seligman, P. A. Smith, and C. D. Spencer
In undergraduate physics lab courses, microcomputers can provide a powerful increase in measurement capabilities over traditional physics instrumentation. However, the implementation of computerized labs must be carefully designed to prevent the machine from obscuring the physics of the experiment. When appropriately used, the power of the computer can help to illuminate the physics of an experiment rather than merely to automate data collection and analysis. Guidelines are presented, along with several experiments, to show the appropriate use of microcomputers in a teaching environment.
American Journal of Physics: Volume 55, Issue 10, Pages 891-897
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10.1119/1.14948
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computerized labs, data analysis, data collection, microcomputers, physics lab courses
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D. Briotta, P. Seligman, P. Smith, and C. Spencer, Am. J. Phys. 55 (10), 891 (1987), WWW Document, (http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.14948).
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D. Briotta, P. Seligman, P. Smith, and C. Spencer, The appropriate use of microcomputers in undergraduate physics labs, Am. J. Phys. 55 (10), 891 (1987), <http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.14948>.
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Briotta, D., Seligman, P., Smith, P., & Spencer, C. (1987, October 1). The appropriate use of microcomputers in undergraduate physics labs. Am. J. Phys., 55(10), 891-897. Retrieved December 16, 2017, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.14948
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Briotta, D, P. Seligman, P. Smith, and C. Spencer. "The appropriate use of microcomputers in undergraduate physics labs." Am. J. Phys. 55, no. 10, (October 1, 1987): 891-897, http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.14948 (accessed 16 December 2017).
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Briotta, D. A., P. F. Seligman, P. A. Smith, and C. D. Spencer. "The appropriate use of microcomputers in undergraduate physics labs." Am. J. Phys. 55.10 (1987): 891-897. 16 Dec. 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.14948>.
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