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ERIC Number: ED082503
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Jun
Pages: 4
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The Use of a PDP-11/20 Computer in a Non-Calculus General Physics Course.
Yu, David U. L.
Computer-assisted instruction supplements traditional methods in a non-calculus physics course offered at Seattle Pacific College. Thirty-five science majors enrolled in the first quarter and 32 continued in the second term. The hardware for the course consists of a PDP-11/20 computer and eight teletype terminals; additional peripheral equipment includes a card reader, a card punch, a line printer, and two ports for phone lines. Core size is 7K but four discs contain 2.9 million words. Batch and conversational modes are possible in the system and the BASIC-PLUS language is used. Four categories of CAI activities are noteworthy. First, eight canned programs--LUNA, VECTOR, SEESAW, CAN, INCLIN, NEWTON, CIRSAT, and HARMOT--are used to teach units on vectors, statics, freefall and projectile motion, mechanics, gravity, oscillations, and wave motions. Secondly, students write their own programs to solve problems. In addition, the computer is used to monitor tests, providing immediate feedback, allowing students to rework missed problems, reducing time pressures, and permitting limited self-pacing. Finally, computer graphics, utilizing a Tektronix 4010 graphic terminal, are being introduced into the course. (PB)
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Authoring Institution: Seattle Pacific Coll., WA.