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ERIC Number: ED003295
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1962
Pages: 32
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COMPUTER GRADING OF PHYSICS LABORATORY REPORTS.
CARR, HOWARD E.; WEAVER, HARRY T.
THE FEASIBILITY AND PRACTICABILITY OF USING A DIGITAL COMPUTER (IBM 1620) TO GRADE PHYSICS LABORATORY REPORTS WAS INVESTIGATED. IN ORDER TO TEST THE VALUE OF USING THE COMPUTER, TWO TYPES OF COMPUTER PROGRAMS WERE WRITTEN FOR EACH OF FOUR EXPERIMENTS. ONE PROGRAM COMPLETELY GRADED THE REPORTS BY ENTERING THE STUDENT'S DATA AND HIS CALCULATED RESULTS INTO THE MACHINE AND HAVING THE COMPUTER EVALUATE THE CORRECTNESS. THE OTHER PROGRAM UTILIZED ONLY THE STUDENT'S DATA. MAIN FEATURES OF THE PROGRAM WERE THE ANALYSES OF SIGNIFICANT FIGURES, ARITHMETIC ERRORS, ACCURACY OF DATA, AND TIME CONSUMED. THE INVESTIGATOR CONCLUDED THAT THE COMPUTER GRADED THE REPORTS MORE EFFECTIVELY AND MORE QUICKLY THAN WAS DONE PREVIOUSLY EVEN THOUGH THE COMPUTER WAS NOT PERFECT OR EVEN COMPLETE IN GRADING. IT WAS THE OPINION OF THE INVESTIGATOR THAT PLANS SHOULD BE MADE FOR FURTHER STUDY LEADING ULTIMATELY TO THE INITIATION OF A COMPLETE COMPUTER-GRADING PROGRAM FOR MOST ALL OF THE PHYSICS EXPERIMENTS. (JC)
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Authoring Institution: Auburn Univ., AL.
Identifiers: ALABAMA; Alabama (Auburn)