ERIC Number: ED452048
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Aug
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A Design-Oriented Approach to the Integration of Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, and Heat Transfer in the Undergraduate Mechanical Engineering Curriculum.
Whale, MacMurray D.; Cravalho, Ernest G.
This paper describes two parallel efforts that attempt to implement a new approach to the teaching of thermal fluids engineering. In one setting, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the subject matter is integrated into a single year-long subject at the introductory level. In the second setting, at Victoria (British Columbia, Canada), the design-oriented approach is used in the traditional separated presentation at a more advanced level where the material is focused on heat transfer. In both cases, the subject concludes with a design project that synthesizes the subject matter in the context of a real application. It is concluded that the students are much more engaged, develop a greater sense of accomplishment, and are much more capable of analyzing complex problems. (SAH)
Descriptors: Design Build Approach, Engineering Education, Fluid Mechanics, Heat, Higher Education, Integrated Activities, Teaching Methods, Thermodynamics, Undergraduate Study
For full text: http://www.ineer.org/Events/ICEE1999/Proceedings/papers/ 292/292.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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