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The CUPLE and CATALYST Scientific Initiatives

Mort Kagan
IBM Corporation, USA
In January 1990, IBM announced their support of two major scientific initiatives - the CUPLE (Comprehensive Unified Physics Learning Environment) and CATALYST (Computers And Technology Applied to Lectures/labs Yield Superior Teaching) projects. The objective of these programs are to develop and disseminate general introductory physics and chemistry curricula which integrate computer, multimedia, and sensor based laboratory technologies. The latter will be based on IBM's Personal Science Laboratory (PSL) - a data acquisition and analysis product.

The CUPLE project is developing their curriculum under a Windows 3.0 and Toolbook environment using 386 (or greater) PS/2 microprocessors. This program is being implemented by some of this countries leading physics educators and in close cooperation with the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) and the American Institute of Physics (AIP) - the leading physics professional societies., The initial products, which are planned for next year, will address all levels of introductory physics from high school to courseware for the most advanced of physics majors.

The CATALYST project is a natural evolution of the highly successful NSF sponsored SERAPHIM project. It too will operate under a Window 10/Toolbook environment using high performance PS/2 microprocessors. This project is being developed in close cooperation with the American Chemical Society (ACS) and its products will be distributed through the "Journal of Chemical Education: Software" publications.

A description of these initiatives as well as a multimedia demonstration of some of their products will be presented.

Please cite as: Kagan, M. (1992). The CUPLE and CATALYST Scientific Initiatives. In Promaco Conventions (Ed.), Proceedings of the International Interactive Multimedia Symposium, 97. Perth, Western Australia, 27-31 January. Promaco Conventions. http://www.aset.org.au/confs/iims/1992/kagan.html

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