Free take-home virtual laboratories using professional simulation software

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It is well known that computer simulations can aid the understanding of complex devices and systems, particularly if they allow the students to modify parameters and see the results on laboratory-like virtual instrumentation. However, a drawback of commercial simulation tools is that they cannot be distributed freely to students, for 'take-home' assignments. To address this problem, VPI has developed VPIplayer, which has the full simulation capabilities of VPItransmissionMaker and VPIcomponentMaker, including exactly the same numerical models as the full commercial tools. VPIplayer can illustrate basic concepts through to complex systems designs, and is distributed freely to anyone with a PC. This paper discusses the advantages of using commercial software in education, introduces VPIplayer and how to create Virtual Laboratories, charts the range of possible experiments, and provides some illustrations of virtual 'take home' laboratories.

Original languageEnglish
Article number966309
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2003
Externally publishedYes
Event8th International Topical Meeting on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics - Tucson, United States of America
Duration: 6 Oct 2003 → …

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