ERIC Number: ED082467
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Jun
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The Time-Sharing Computer In Introductory Earth Science.
MacDonald, William D.; MacDonald, Geraldine E.
Time-sharing computer-assisted instructional (CAI) programs employing the APL language are being used in support of introductory earth science laboratory exercises at the State University of New York at Binghamton. Three examples are sufficient to illustrate the variety of applications to which these programs are put. The BRACH program is used in paleontology to demonstrate the natural variations in morphology of a fossil species; SEIS provides an analysis of time-travel relations of seismic waves; and ROTS offers a general purpose rotation program which is helpful in the study of continental drift and paleomagnetism. A time-sharing CAI system is recommended because it allows introductory students to explore exciting fields more thoroughly than otherwise possible and provides the teacher with instructional flexibility. APL is useful because it requires little computer sophistication on the part of the student, offers an accurate program, quickly performs complicated and time-consuming computational operations for the student, and improves his accuracy and his confidence in his ability to learn. (PB)
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Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Binghamton.