Development and Application of Interactive Simulation and Virtual Laboratories Web in the Teaching of Physics (pp. 173-184)
Authors: (Pilar Martínez –Jiménez, Gerardo Pedrós Pérez, Dept of Applied Physics,Universidad de Córdoba, Spain)
Abstract: In this chapter, we present the use of Virtual Laboratories, developed to study physics phenomena, in the university teaching system. Some of these computer programs can be downloaded from the local network of the University of Cordoba and from the online area of our internet server "rabfis.uco.es/lvct", in order to be set up and executed in a personal computer. This software permits us to simulate different experiments step by step and in the same way as they are run in the real laboratory, obtaining the corresponding calculations and plots. In addition, at any stage of the simulation, students have access to help menus, tutorials and even tests in order to evaluate their knowledge. The aim of these tools is to help students to learn study and investigate on their own. Furthermore, students can prepare their experimental lessons before going to the laboratory and revise them whenever, and as many times, as they want to. Consequently, by using the computer as a complementary educational tool, the quality of university teaching is highly improved as we have been able to verify during the ten years that the students of first course of E.P.S have been working with the software.