ERIC Number: ED082501
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Jun
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Project ITCH: Interactive Digital Simulation in Electrical Engineering Education.
Bailey, F. N.; Kain, R. Y.
A two-stage project is investigating the educational potential of a low-cost time-sharing system used as a simulation tool in Electrical Engineering (EE) education. Phase I involves a pilot study and Phase II a full integration. The system employs interactive computer simulation to teach engineering concepts which are not well handled by traditional methods. It requires less mathematical sophistication of the student and provides him with a measure of control, but has the drawbacks of being less flexible and realistic than ordinary laboratory experiments. The ITCH approach provides graphic input and output and employs natural language dialogs. The hardware is based upon the Digital Equipment Corporation PDP-8 line. Phase I software developments include the modification of a TSS/8 monitor and the design of instructional packages dealing with antennae Bode/Nyquist problems, point/line charges, Fourier problems, static fields transistors, root loci, phases and planes, linear filters, and amplifier design. Each package consists of a problem with appropriate inputs and outputs. Students specify parameters and request displays of results, thereby gaining insights into man-machine interactions and parameter-process relations. The packages developed to date are being tested with EE faculty and third year students. (LB)
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Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Dept. of Electrical Engineering.