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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


The Semiconductor Applet Service

by C.R. Wie
 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

4 stars
Content Quality: 4 stars
Effectiveness: 4 stars
Ease of Use: 4 stars
Reviewed: Jan 08, 2002 by Physics
Overview: A large collection of simulations, animations, and tutorials on semiconductor and device physics, and semiconductor device manufacture and operation. This material includes topics ranging from crystal structure and electronic energy bands through device fabrication to circuit design and simulation. Many of the applets are interactive, allowing students to explore effects of changing parameters on the operation of devices. Many of the applets also include tutorials on the material and worksheets.
Learning Goals: Develop understanding of many aspects of semiconductor and device physics.
Target Student Population: Upper level undergraduate solid state physics class, electronics class, and electrical engineering device and circuit classes.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Basic solid state and semiconductor physics, and basic device operation.
Type of Material: Collection of applets and simulations. Useful for tutorials and simulations.
Technical Requirements: None noted.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: This is an extensive collection of material that can be used in a number of different types of classes and settings. Extensive notes, derivations, and worksheets are included for many of the items.
Concerns:

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: Many of the items are user-controlled simulations where students can explore the effects of changing the physical parameters in the problem. The graphics are simple but generally quite illustrative. In most cases, numerical output of physically interesting quantities can be shown.
Concerns:

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: The applets are generally easy to operate. Instructions on using the applets and worksheets regarding the material are readily available and popup in a seperate window for easy access to both the applet and the additional material. There is good use of animation and images in several of the items on device fabrication.


General Comments


These ratings reflect the average of the items from the collection that have peer reviews.

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