The authors have developed a number of microcomputer-based programs that use the graphical capability of this computer to teach petroleum engineering concepts to students. Students have consistently-commented that the use of this software, both for in-class demonstration and out-of-class assignments, is very beneficial to their understanding of certain petroleum engineering problems. The programs also eliminate the tedium that is involved in many of these computations, without removing the requirement that the student must understand the concept of what the program is demonstrating.

Details on these programs have been published previously14  and, therefore, no detailed explanation will be presented in this paper. Brief descriptions will be given for the following microcomputer-based teaching programs:

  • Monte-Carlo Simulation

  • Vapor-Liquid Equilibrium Experiment

  • Gas Kick Control

  • Water Flooding

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