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JSW 2007 Vol.2(6): 76-85 ISSN: 1796-217X
doi: 10.4304/jsw.2.6.76-85

On Remote and Virtual Experiments in eLearning

Sabina Jeschke1, Thomas Richter1, Harald Scheel2, Christian Thomsen2
1University of Stuttgart, Computing Center RUS, 70550 Stuttgart, Germany
2Berlin University of Technology, Institute of Solid State Physics, 10625 Berlin, Germany

Abstract—The science of physics is based on theories and models as well as experiments: the former structure relations and simplify reality to a degree such that predictions on physical phenomena can be derived by means of mathematics. The latter allow verification or falsification of these predictions. Computer sciences allow a new access to this relationship, especially well-suited for education: New Technologies provide simulations for the model, virtual instruments for running and evaluating real experiments and mathematical toolkits to solve equations derived from the theory analytically and to compare the outcome of all three methods. We will demonstrate this approach on several examples: Ferromagnetism, thermodynamics and the Harmonic Oszillator. We furthermore give a brief example on an online-tutoring system that makes our setup attractive for self-study outside the university campus.

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Cite: Sabina Jeschke, Thomas Richter, Harald Scheel, Christian Thomsen, " On Remote and Virtual Experiments in eLearning," Journal of Software vol. 2, no. 6, pp. 76-85, 2007.

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ISSN: 1796-217X (Online)
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