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The Chemical Educator

ISSN: 1430-4171 (electronic version)

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Abstract Volume 7 Issue 5 (2002) pp 288-292

How to Use Visual Basic to Interface Scientific Instruments to a Personal Computer

Nikos Papadopoulos* and Maria Limniou

Laboratory of Physical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Aristotle University, 54006 Thessaloniki, Greece
Received April 19, 2002. Accepted May 9, 2002

Published online: 13 September 2002

Abstract. Computer-controlled instruments are expensive and for this reason are not widely used in student laboratories. In this paper we describe how to interface a data-acquisition board using Microsoft Visual Basic. Visual Basic can be used to quickly develop an application in the Microsoft Windows environment. A single computer system can serve as several different measuring systems by simple adaptation of the software.

Key Words:  Computers in Chemistry; physical chemistry; digital to analog converter

(*) Corresponding author. (E-mail: npapado@chem.auth.gr)

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Issue date: October 1, 2002

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