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Assessment of Virtual Physics Lab (VPL) in summer course for pre-college preparation.

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Innovations in Teaching and Research in Physics or Engineering Physics II

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Engineering Physics & Physics

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23.229.1 - 23.229.18



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Varun Kumar Karingula Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis

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Graduate student from Purdue school of engineering.

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Hazim A El-Mounayri Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis

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Dr. El-Mounayri received his PhD in 1997 from McMaster University (in Canada) in Mechanical Engineering, He is currently an associate professor of Mechanical Engineering, the co-director of the Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing Laboratory (AEML) at IUPUI, and a senior scientist for manufacturing applications at Advanced Science and Automation Corp. He co-developed the Advanced Virtual Manufacturing Laboratory for Training, Education and Research (AVML), an innovative e-learning tool for educating students and training the next generation workforce in sophisticated technology and its underlying theory. Dr. El-Mounayri’s research focus is in advanced manufacturing, including nano- machining modeling using techniques such molecular dynamics and multiscale simulations, and realization using AFM. Dr. El-Mounayri has worked as consultant for and conducted R&D for a number of local companies in the areas of CAD/CAM, CNC machining, and process development/improvement. Dr. El-Mounayri is a member of ASME, ASEE, and SME. He has published over 60 technical papers in renowned peer-reviewed journals and technical conferences in his field and gave presentations at various national and international conferences.

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Tamer M. Wasfy Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis


Hatem M Wasfy Advanced Science and Automation Corp.

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Mr. Hatem Wasfy is the president of Advanced Science and Automation Corp. (ASA) a company that specializes in the development of online virtual learning environments, and advanced engineering simulations. He has helped design several interactive learning environments that include a CNC machining course, a centrifugal pump maintenance course, an undergraduate physics course, and a welding course. He received a B.S. (1994) and an M.S. (1996) in mechanical engineering from the American University in Cairo. Mr. Wasfy’s research interests include advanced learning systems, cavitation modeling, computational fluid dynamics, internal combustion engine modeling and design, and AI rule-based expert systems.

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Jeanne Michele Peters Advanced Science and Automation Corp.

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Assessment of Virtual Physics Lab (VPL) in Summer Course for Pre-college preparation. Varun Kumar Karingula and Hazim El-MounayriABSTRACT:An innovative virtual physics lab (VPL) which was reported in a previous publication is appliedand assessed in the current work. The VPL uses high end multi-media and realistic virtual realityenvironment to provide an integrated platform for highly effective learning of Physics. Featuresinclude fully automated content delivery using text-to-text speech technology, highly visualcourse presentation using animated 2D and 3D illustrations of lectures, interactive 3Dexperiments, and virtual physics instructor for teaching, training and assistance. Also, the VPLprovides game like navigation which is very appealing to the new generation of students, so thatthey can learn basic physics concepts in more engaging and “fun” way. In this work, the tool isused to support the Upward Bound program at IUPUI. Upward Bound is a federally fundedTRIO educational program within the United States, which serves high school students fromlow-income families and from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree. One ofthe summer courses offered to those students is Physics. Traditionally, the course was offeredwithout a lab and students had difficulty understanding the concepts. To address this issue, theVPL was used and integrated into the course in a unique and innovative way. In fact, lectureconcepts were linked to virtual lab experiment, and each live lecture was followed by the virtuallab. Students were given pre- and post- test as part of the virtual lab session. Data is collectedand analyzed to assess the effectiveness of the VPL. In general, a consistent improvement due tothe training and practice in the virtual lab is observed. The VPL presents itself as a viable tool forhigh school students who can better prepare for college physics in cost-effective, easilyaccessible, and effective way.

Karingula, V. K., & El-Mounayri, H. A., & Wasfy, T. M., & Wasfy, H. M., & Peters, J. M. (2013, June), Assessment of Virtual Physics Lab (VPL) in summer course for pre-college preparation. Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19243

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