With the development of new computer technologies, JAVA--an interactive multimedia
programming language, and the WorldWideWeb, it is now possible to simulate engineering
and science laboratory projects on a computer. With Internet access, it is now
possible to offer students "virtual laboratories" via the WWW or CD-ROM.
Experiment-oriented problems can be offered without the overhead incurred when
maintaining a full laboratory.
This virtual laboratory, which accompanies the Johns Hopkins University course
500.101 What is Engineering? is an example of the use of this type of technology.
The labs listed below are WWW-based engineering/science experiments developed
for beginning science and engineering students. The objective of the course
and the virtual laboratory is to introduce students to experimentation, problem
solving, data gathering, and scientific interpretation early in their careers--perhaps
as high school seniors or college freshmen. Ordinarily this exposure would be
offered to students in their junior or senior year in a design lab.
The experiments which follow are written in JAVA and are fully interactive.
As such, they require that the student access them using the Web browser Microsoft
Internet Explorer 3.0 (or later) operating within a 32-bit operating system
(e.g., Windows 95, Windows NT, Unix) and with a display capability of at least
256 colors. (Netscape 3.01 (or later) may also be used with these modules. But,
within some operating systems, this browser introduces idiosyncracies in the
modules' operation. Earlier versions of Netscape, including 3.0, will not work.)
Further, within these experiments are MPEG movie sequences which may require
additional software--an MPEG viewer, e.g., VMPEGWIN which is available as demonstration
shareware (sufficient for these experiments). This is a project under development.
Expect modifications ( and additions and removals).
This work is being supported by a grant from the GE Fund.
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