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ERIC Number: ED081200
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Jun
Pages: 6
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The Introduction of Biological Mensuration Techniques Through Simulation.
Spain, James D.
New simulations for teaching quantitative biological techniques are now used at Michigan Technological University. Traditionally, such techniques work within a particular system and have the student assume certain initial conditions and employ appropriate constants. The computer generates time dependent data which are plotted. The student then repeats the process with changed conditions, observing the changed effect. In the new method, certain initial conditions are established randomly by the computer program and the student generates data to ascertain the unknown quantity, just as if he were measuring on a real system. The procedure is as follows: 1) The computer randomly generates a system parameter which the student must evaluate. The value is stored unrevealed to the student. 2) The computer generates data based upon the unknown constant, student determined input values, and the prepared simulation program. 3) The student uses the data to determine the unknown. 4) Finally, the student compares his derived value with the stored value. This report also provides a detailed simulation example, a procedural flow chart, and a list of other potential training simulation. (PB)
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Authoring Institution: Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton.