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Use of Computers in the instruction of EM Propagation in the Classroom

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Computers in Education General Technical Session II

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Computers in Education

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22.1589.1 - 22.1589.7



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Willie K. Ofosu Pennsylvania State University, Wilkes-Barre Campus

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Dr. Willie K. Ofosu is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering Technology at Penn State, Wilkes-Barre, where he teaches telecommunications, wireless systems, networking, optoelectronics and analog and digital electronics. He is a member of IEEE, IET (England), and a Chartered Engineer (C.Eng.) of England. His research interests include RF components and antennas, and Powerline Communication. He is an advocate of diversity in the educational environment. Dr. Ofosu received his Ph.D. from the Electronic Systems Engineering Department at University of Essex in England.

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Use of Computers in the instruction of EM Propagation in the ClassroomAbstractTransmission of information is the basis for all societal activities and is the basis ofcommunication all over the world and through space. Its importance in day to day activitiescannot be overstated. Progress in human activities has been possible largely because ofprogress in the transmission of information. The explosion of information transmission in theinformation age has necessitated the use of wider bandwidths for different applications andthis is conveniently accommodated in the radio frequency range.Information transmission systems can be broadly categorized into two groups, wired andwireless. Even though wired transmission form a part of all communications equipment,wireless applications support a wide variety of communications systems both on land, acrossthe oceans and through space. Antennas form a necessary component for wireless systems forboth transmission and reception of information and therefore students need to have a goodpractical understanding of antennas just as they learn the theory, and they need to appreciatehow practical results conform to theory. The computer can be used to facilitate this process inthe learning environment. The versatility of the computer enables different types of antennameasurements to be made, and various parameters to be determined. This paper discusses theusefulness of computers in antennas laboratory exercises in a Telecommunications course.

Ofosu, W. K. (2011, June), Use of Computers in the instruction of EM Propagation in the Classroom Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18439

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