Impact of experimental modules on the student learning in a mechanics course

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Abstract

Visualization and hands on experience play important roles in the learning process. These components are especially useful in applied disciplines such as engineering. Traditionally, the education of mechanics is dominated by mathematics, involving solution of ordinary and partial differential equations and lacks interactive content. Enhancement in the student learning can be achieved if the classroom instructions are complemented with some form of hands on experimentation. Two laboratory courses, one credit hour each, were introduced to supplement the Statics and Mechanics of Materials theory courses, three credit hour each. The students were found to developed a better understanding of the theoretical concepts because of the hands on experience. The observations made in the laboratory courses and the student learning aspects are presented in this paper.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAmerican Society for Composites - 22nd Technical Conference of the American Society for Composites 2007 - Composites
Subtitle of host publicationEnabling a New Era in Civil Aviation
Pages302-313
Number of pages12
StatePublished - 2007
Event22nd Technical Conference of the American Society for Composites 2007 - Composites: Enabling a New Era in Civil Aviation - Seattle, WA, United States
Duration: Sep 17 2007Sep 19 2007

Publication series

NameAmerican Society for Composites - 22nd Technical Conference of the American Society for Composites 2007 - Composites: Enabling a New Era in Civil Aviation
Volume1

Other

Other22nd Technical Conference of the American Society for Composites 2007 - Composites: Enabling a New Era in Civil Aviation
CountryUnited States
CitySeattle, WA
Period9/17/079/19/07

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites

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    Gupta, N. (2007). Impact of experimental modules on the student learning in a mechanics course. In American Society for Composites - 22nd Technical Conference of the American Society for Composites 2007 - Composites: Enabling a New Era in Civil Aviation (pp. 302-313). (American Society for Composites - 22nd Technical Conference of the American Society for Composites 2007 - Composites: Enabling a New Era in Civil Aviation; Vol. 1).