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U Tulsa Integrates Data Software into Physics Studies
- By Dian Schaffhauser
The University of Tulsa will be integrating the use of data analysis and graphing software into some of its physics classes. The university's Department of Physics and Engineering Physics has adopted the use of Origin from OriginLab to help students learn how to collect data from their research projects and analyze it for results and reporting.
One faculty user, Assistant Professor Alexei Grigoriev, has used Origin for years in research involving condensed matter physics. He's added the use of Origin to his lab course as part of helping students understand the basics of scientific programming, experimental data fitting, system behavior simulation, and data presentation.
"Origin allows our students to integrate three major components of engineering and research--data collection, analysis and reporting--in a single environment," said Grigoriev. "I don't know any other software that would allow such a high degree of integration while remaining a very intuitive, robust, and flexible solution. By giving students hands-on experiences with Origin, The University of Tulsa is better preparing them for research and data presentation in their graduate and professional careers."
The company offers a teaching license, which provides a group of students with access to the software for use in a class or laboratory. However, this edition is limited to computers within the teaching environment. The price is $550 for a single seat license for Origin and $850 for OriginPro. There's also a single-edition student license, which provides a student with a fully functional version of OriginPro for personal use, along with free upgrades while the license is active, whether for one, two, or three years. Those cost $69, $109, and $149, respectively.
Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @schaffhauser.