TY - JOUR

T1 - Multiple models of a freshman engineering experiment

AU - Connor, Jeffrey

AU - Lohani, Vinod

AU - Mallikarjunan, Kumar

AU - Loganathan, G.

AU - Lo, Jenny

PY - 2006/1/1

Y1 - 2006/1/1

N2 - Presenting freshman students with a single problem to investigate it from a number of different perspectives and with a number of different tools provides them with a broad perspective of problem solving and an exposure to different tools and their appropriate use. Asking the students to take measurements that are then used to develop a theoretical equation gives the students an appreciation of the concept of precision. When students grind through a hand worked problem and then solve the same problem with a programming tool they appreciate the power ofthat tool and the need to understand the underlying physics of the problem in order to create the program. Providing students an opportunity to watch and conduct an experiment (e.g., the physical draining of a tank) gives them insight into the general nature of the equation/theory that controls that discharge. A simple introduction to the concept of systems in engineering design prepares the students for future classes in which the concept is used in greater depth. Overall, the water tower problem and its differing models gave the students preliminary insight into many of the methods, concepts, and tools that they will be more formally exposed to in upper level courses. The authors are continuing efforts to refine the project and plan to use it in future semesters.

AB - Presenting freshman students with a single problem to investigate it from a number of different perspectives and with a number of different tools provides them with a broad perspective of problem solving and an exposure to different tools and their appropriate use. Asking the students to take measurements that are then used to develop a theoretical equation gives the students an appreciation of the concept of precision. When students grind through a hand worked problem and then solve the same problem with a programming tool they appreciate the power ofthat tool and the need to understand the underlying physics of the problem in order to create the program. Providing students an opportunity to watch and conduct an experiment (e.g., the physical draining of a tank) gives them insight into the general nature of the equation/theory that controls that discharge. A simple introduction to the concept of systems in engineering design prepares the students for future classes in which the concept is used in greater depth. Overall, the water tower problem and its differing models gave the students preliminary insight into many of the methods, concepts, and tools that they will be more formally exposed to in upper level courses. The authors are continuing efforts to refine the project and plan to use it in future semesters.

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M3 - Conference article

AN - SCOPUS:85029049364

JO - ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings

JF - ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings

SN - 2153-5965

T2 - 113th Annual ASEE Conference and Exposition, 2006

Y2 - 18 June 2006 through 21 June 2006

ER -