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The Electronics Laboratory Simulator
The Center for Innovation in Engineering Education (CIEE) at Vanderbilt University has
developed an exciting new computer simulation of an undergraduate electronics laboratory.
The Electronics Laboratory Simulator (ELS) is intended as a pre-lab exercise and allows
students to work practical exercises
at their own pace and desire so that they are up to speed when entering the actual electronics
laboratory. The first complete release is ready for dissemination. It runs on a 486 machine (as
well as a 386, albeit slow, a math co-processor is strongly recommended).
The software consists of several executable files and a central database. All of these are
one package by running the ELS executable. This setup allows for running ELS:
- From the supervising ELS executable, which requires users to log in and logs various data.
- As stand alone executables, in which case no data is logged. You can enter a lab at any
desired point, however.
When running the ELS executable, each new user is given a lab tour first. This tour is intended to
familiarize the new user with the laboratory procedures and environment. After completing this tour, the user can elect
to work either any of the nine laboratories or eight tutorials. Several forms of help are available during the exercises.
Acquiring the Software (Trial version)
ELS comes as a set of three installation disks. Version 1.8.3s can be acquired from ftp.vanderbilt.edu using anonymous ftp.
A commercial version is available from
Falcon Software, Inc
One Hollis Street
Wellesley, MA 02181
Tel. (617) 235 1767
Please direct any questions to Falcon Software (
(Pieter J. Mosterman).
This research was supported, in part, by NSF project USE-9156244 and the Vanderbilt University School
of Engineering. The authors also gratefully acknowledge the software support and laboratory grant
provided by Microsoft Corporation and Hewlett-Packard.