Accession Number:

AD0291627

Title:

AN EQUALIZATION TEACHING MACHINE

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Corporate Author:

NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON D C

Report Date:

1962-11-20

Pagination or Media Count:

9.0

Abstract:

The design and operation of a teaching machine is described for use in the selection and training of operators of higher order vehicle systems. In order to control such vehicles, the operator must compensate for the time lags that are characteristic of higher order systems. This compensation process has been termed equalization. The device consists of a third-order, two-coordinate tracking system with a servo mechanism for ADJUSTING THE VALUES OF THE QUICKENING GAINS. Varying the amount of quickening in the system changes the equalization requirements of the tracking task. A naive operator is initially presented with a quickened task needing little equalization. As long as he maintains a small error, quickening continues to be removed. If, however, the operator begins to make errors greater than a predetermined level, more quickening is added until he can again maintain a small error level. This technique of continuous variation of the amount of quickening as a function of error provides at all times an equalization task which is appropriate for the operators level of proficiency. Author

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Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE