Masters Theses

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science



Major Professor

Marianne Breinig

Committee Members

Michael W. Guidry, Wesley J. Hines


A robust and sophisticated online physics laboratory environment has been developed. This environment can handle large data sets and generate realistic experimental results by applying Monte Carlo and numerical integration techniques. The advantages and limitations of both the Flash 5 and Java development environments were explored. Java was chosen for it’s ability to handle large data sets and consequently used to create the Java Laboratory (JLab) environment. Within the online environment two JLabs were created, the ”Online Virtual Nuclear Decay Laboratory” and the ”Online Virtual Stern-Gerlach Laboratory”. These laboratories teach students how to manipulate experimental parameters, take data, and use various analysis tools. These JLabs generate realistic data sets for students to analyze and prove that online laboratories can play a significant role in enhancing physics education.

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