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Hands-On Introduction to LabVIEW for Scientists and Engineers
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Chapter 1. The While Loop and Waveform Chart ; Sine Wave Plot Using A While Loop And Waveform Chart ; Block Diagram Editing ; LabVIEW Help ; Front Panel Editing ; Pop-Up Menu ; Finishing the Program ; Program Execution ; Program Improvements ; Date-Type Representations ; Automatic Creation Feature ; Program Storage ; Do It Yourself ; Problems ; Chapter 2. The For Loop and Waveform Graph ; Sine Wave Plot Using A For Loop And Waveform Graph ; Waveform Graph ; Owned and Free Labels ; Creation of Sine Wave using For Loop ; Cloning Block-Diagram Icons ; Auto-Indexing Feature ; Running the VI ; X-Axis Calibration of the Waveform Graph ; Sine Wave Plot Using A While Loop And Waveform Graph ; Array Indicators and the Probe ; Do It Yourself ; Problems ; Chapter 3. The Mathscript Node and XY Graph ; Sine Wave Plot Using A Mathscript Node And Waveform Graph ; Debugging with Error List ; Waveform Simulator Using A Mathscript Node and XY Graph ; Creating an XY Cluster ; Running the VI ; Mathscript Interactive Window ; Adding Shape Options to Waveform Simulator ; The Enumerated Type Control ; Finishing the Block Diagram ; Running the VI ; Control and Indicator Clusters ; Creating an Icon Using the Icon Editor ; Icon Design ; Connector Assignment ; Do It Yourself ; Problems ; Chapter 4. Data Acquisition using DAQ Assistant ; Data Acquisition VIs ; Data Acquisition Hardware ; Analog Input Modes ; Range and Resolution ; Sampling Frequency and the Aliasing Effect ; Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX) ; Simple Analog Input Operation on a DC Voltage ; Digital Oscilloscope ; Analog Output ; DC Voltage Source ; Software-Timed Sine-Wave Generator ; Hardware-Timed Waveform Generator ; Placing a Custom-Made VI on a Block Diagram ; Completing and Executing Waveform Generator (Express) ; Modified Waveform Generator ; Do It Yourself ; Problems ; Chapter 5. Data Files and Character Strings ; Storing Data in a Spreadsheet-Formatted File ; Storing a 1D Data Array ; Transpose Option ; Storing a 2D Data Array ; Controlling the Format of Stored Data ; The Path Constant and Platform Portability ; Fundamental File I/O VIs ; Adding Text Labels To Spreadsheet File ; Blackslash Codes ; Do It Yourself ; Problems ; Chapter 6. Shift Registers ; Power Function Simulator VI ; Numerical Integration Using A Shift Register ; Numerical Integration via the Trapezoidal Rule ; Trapezoidal Rule VI ; Convergence Property of the Trapezoidal Rule ; Numerical Differentiation Using A Multiple-Terminal Shift Register ; Modularity and Automatic SubVI Creation ; Do It Yourself ; Problems ; Chapter 7. The Case Structure ; Numerical Integration via Simpson's Rule ; Parity Determiner Using a Boolean Case Structure ; Summation of Partial Sums Using A Numeric Case Structure ; Trapezoidal Rule Contribution Using Boolean Case Structure ; Numerical Integration Using Simpson's Rule ; Comparison of the Trapezoidal Rule and Simpson's Rule ; Do It Yourself ; Problems ; Chapter 8. The Sequence Structure ; Event Timer Using A Sequence Structure ; Event Timer Using Data Dependency ; Highlight Execution ; Do It Yourself ; Problems ; Chapter 9. Built-In Analysis VIs-Curve Fitting ; Temperature Measurement Using Thermistors ; The Linear Least-Squares Method ; Inputting Data to a VI Using A Front-Panel Control ; Inputting Data to a VI By Reading From a Disk File ; Slicing Up a Multi-Dimensional Array ; Curve Fitting Using the Linear Least-Squares Method ; Residual Plot ; Do It Yourself ; Problems ; Chapter 10. Analysis VIs-Fast Fourier Transform ; The Fourier Transform ; Discrete Sampling and the Nyquist Frequency ; The Discrete Fourier Transform ; Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) ; Frequency Calculator VI ; FFT of Sinusoids ; Applying the FFT to Various Sinusoidal Inputs ; Magnitude of the Complex-Amplitude ; Leakage and Windowing ; Observing Leakage ; Analytic Description of Leakage ; Description of Leakage Using the Convolution Theorem ; Windowing ; Estimating Frequency and Amplitude ; Aliasing ; Do It Yourself ; Problems ; Chapter 11. Data Acquisition and Generation using DAQmx VIs ; DAQmx VIs ; Simple Analog Input Operation on a DC Voltage ; Digital Oscilloscope ; Express VI Automatic Code Generation ; Limitation of Express VIs ; Improving the Digital Oscilloscope VI ; Analog Output Operations ; Waveform Generator ; Do It Yourself ; Problems ; Chapter 12. PID Temperature Control Project ; Voltage-Controlled Bi-Directional Current Driver for ; Thermoelectric Device ; PID Temperature Control Algorithm ; PID Temperature Control System ; Chapter 13. Control of Stand-Alone Instruments ; The VISA Session ; The IEEE 488.2 Standard ; Common Commands ; Status Reporting ; Device-Specific Commands ; Specific Hardware Used in this Chapter ; Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX) ; Simple VISA-Based Query Operation ; Message Termination ; Getting and Setting Communication Properties using a Property Node ; Performing a Measurement over the GPIB 644 ; Synchronization Methods ; Measurement VI Based on the Serial Poll Method ; Measurement VI Based on the Service Request Method ; Creating An Instrument Driver ; Using the Instrument Driver to Write an Application Program ; Do It Yourself ; Problems ; Appendix I: Construction of Temperature Control System

About the Author

John Essick is David W. Brauer Professor of Physics at Reed College.

Reviews


"I think this book is great. I have used it for two years, and will use it in the future. I like the tutorial approach, the DIYs, and most of the offered HW problems."--Casey W. Miller, University of South Florida


"[This book] is written in a manner that helps the beginning LabVIEW programmer understand how to get started and also has a great presentation of more advanced concepts for experienced users."--David L. Roach, Mott Community College



"[This book] is written in a manner that helps the beginning LabVIEW programmer understand how to get started and also has a great presentation of more advanced concepts for experienced users."--David L. Roach, Mott Community College


"There are numerous books about programming in LabVIEW, but none that have such a focused applicability to the college-level science lab as this one. The greatest strength of this book is Essick's pedagogical approach. This is not a book on LabVIEW programming: it's a book on using LabVIEW as a tool to do interesting things that - almost incidentally - provides the reader with practical knowledge of LabVIEW programming. ... if the book's good enough that I'm considering building a class around it, well, that's a good book!"--Eric Ayars, The Physics Teacher Journal

"Essick wrote his book from the point of view of a scientist or engineer that actually wants to accomplish something with the software that is practical. And, in a fairly short period of time. For practical users, Essick nailed it."--John Sohl, Weber State University

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