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Computers in Physics
Educational Software Contest

WINNERS OF THE SEVENTH ANNUAL CONTEST

Prizes awarded in January 1997; software described in CIP 10:6, 1996, p. 532.


Andrew J. Borleske, Davidson College (student winner), for:
LASER COOLING SIMULATION
Simulates the cooling of neutral atoms using lasers.
Wolfgang Christian, of Davidson College, for:
SCIENCE TOOLS
Collects Delphi components together that make it easy for students to perform data analysis and visualization tasks.
Scott Johnson, University of California at Davis (student winner), for:
GAS 3D
Simulates a system of hard spheres colliding elastically with one another and the walls of a container.
N. Sanjay Rebello, Kansas State University, with Dean A. Zollman, Chandima Cumaranatunge, and Lawrence T. Escalada, for:
SPECTROSCOPY
Allows users to see the relationship of the frequency of emitted light to the nature of the quantized energy levels in various systems.
Ruwang Sung of the University of Northern Colorado, for:
PHYSICS LAB TOUR GUIDE
Serves as a pre-lab introduction to experiments, an integrated package for data acquisition and analysis, and a lab-report generator with questions for students.
Vitor Duarte Teodoro, New University of Lisbon, with João Paulo Duque Vieira, and Filipe Costa Clérigo, for:
MODELLUS
Animates the motion for selected systems and user-specified kinetic equations.



Honorable Mentions


  • Ruth Chabay, Carnegie Mellon University, for: ELECTRIC AND MAGNETIC INTERACTIONS -- THE MOVIES
    This CD-ROM contains movies providing three-dimensional views from different perspectives of electric and magnetic fields.

  • Ian Moore, Queensland University of Technology, for: RAYTRACE
    Creates ray diagrams for a wide range of optical systems, including transparent bars, lenses, and mirrors.

  • N. Sanjay Rebello, Kansas State University, with Dean A. Zollman and Chandra M. Ravipati, for: SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE SIMULATOR
    Displays energy bands of a p-n junction device.

  • Richard Silbar, WhistleSoft Inc., for: VECTORS - What They Are and How They Are Used
    This hypertext tutorial for beginning students includes questions for student self-testing and informative replies for each multiple-choice question response.

  • Glenn A. Snyder, Gettysburg College, for: CLASSIFICATION OF STELLAR SPECTRA and LARGE-SCALE STRUCTURE OF THE UNIVERSE
    In both programs, the user is placed in control of a simplified astronomical telescope. Students can classify spectra taken with this telescope, and determine the redshift of distant galaxies.

  • Jaroslaw (Jarek) Tuszynski, George Mason University,for: FIELDS
    A program written to accompany the chapter on scalar and vector fields in Electricity and Magnetism Simulations, published by CUPS.


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