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  Paper Type: Contributed
  Title: Implementing LabVIEW in an Intermediate Physics Laboratory
  Meeting: 2007 AAPT Summer Meeting: Greensboro, NC
  Location: Maple
  Date: Wednesday, Aug.01
  Time: 3:20PM - 3:30PM
  Author: Steven C Sahyun, Universtiy of Wisconsin - Whitewater
262-472-5113, sahyuns@uww.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: LabVIEW is a widely used graphical programming environment for data acquisition and instrument control. Several universities now have a dedicated course for learning the program or incorporate it into their advanced laboratory or electronics courses [1, 2]. This talk will describe the structure of a three-week module for learning LabVIEW with the use of a low cost USB interface unit for basic data acquisition and device control in the context of an intermediate laboratory course. In this course module, students develop skills needed to acquire and record data from external sources and to send signals to control devices. The course module is used as an introduction to data acquisition and is part of a broader structure for the laboratory course [3]. In addition, this talk will describe experiences with resource procurement, installation of the program, and implementation of the course module.
  Footnotes: *Supported in part by a National Instruments equipment grant. [1] Graphical computing in the undergraduate laboratory: Teaching and interfacing with LabVIEW, P. J. Moriarty et al., Am. J. Phys. 71, p. 1062-1074 (2003) [2] LabView Programming in an Advanced Physics Laboratory. T. F. Colton, 2006 AAPT Summer Meeting. [3] Undergraduate student laboratory experience at the Synchrotron Radiation Center, S. C. Sahyun, J. M. Polak, C. M. Moore, Am. J. Phys. (2006)

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