The Application of Computer Network Systems in Experimental Physics Courses

Kai Fang 1 , Chen Ni , Ming-nat Chen

1 Department of Physics, Tongji University, Shanghai, Shanghai 200092, China
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Received: 2009-7-31 / Accepted: 2009-10-23 / Published: 2010-1-15

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Abstract Computers and network technologies are widely used in introductory and experimental physics courses. We introduced a new computer network system, the intelligent experimental network system, to collect the data and results students produce while they are doing experiments in the laboratory. We then organized the collected information into a database and analyzed it to discover the system’s merit for increased educational
effectiveness. For several semesters, teachers have used this system to manage their teaching and uncover the difficulties and misconceptions students have during the experimental course. In this paper, we describe and analyze the intelligent experimental network system in terms of its network structure, communication interface, software, application to laboratory teaching, and future prospects. Our research-based survey demonstrates the positive attitudes of students toward this computer system and method of laboratory teaching.

Research Areas: Concepts & principles, Technology

Keywords: computer assisted education, experimental physics teaching course