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Current use of analysis software in engineering education, in the core
courses, in all institutions, is spotty and inconsistent. It is
discontinuous and hardly does justice to the phenomenal power that
these tools can bring to problem solving and concept visualization. It
is instructor dependent based on particular teaching philosophy,
prejudice, and depth of knowledge of the tool.
It is difficult to recommend universal adoption of the same software in
all courses (where it is possible) unless it can be shown to be
effective. To become a useful instrument in student's learning, it must
be tried out in the complete sequence. To become part of the experience
there must be a resource from where the faculty and the students can be
shown how it can be incorporated. This web site delivers such a
resource.
The faculty and the student should possess some knowledge of MATLAB
(must have used it before) in order that this site be
effective. This site is not recommended for learning
MATLAB. There are links in the
resources
menu for
accomplishing that. However, for the student, a formal exposure
would be the most effective.
The Horizontal menu at the top invites you visit the following core
courses in Mechanical Engineering:
Statics,
Strength of Materials, Dynamics, Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Heat
Transfer, Machine Design, System Dynamics, Statistics, and Matrix
applications.
Most of the problems
are chosen from examples in the current text books recommended for
these courses. This
makes the site immediately relevant.
There are
three
problems under each course and
each problem is
completely solved
establishing
the steps and
then
re-solved using
MATLAB
implementing the same steps
with the solution accompanied by graphics (if expected) and the code
annotated with programming notes
The site should be easy for students to
self learn.
It is expected that the students will become the strongest advocate in
utilization of the same software to deliver analysis in all of their
courses.
The first menu
Resources
leads you to additional useful web sites created by the author through
other
Provost
Innovation Grants.