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ERIC Number: EJ1164458
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-May
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1089-9995
Using the Domenico Solution to Teach Contaminant Transport Modeling
Devlin, J. F.; Brookfield, A.; Huang, B.; Schillig, P. C.
Journal of Geoscience Education, v60 n2 p123-132 May 2012
The Domenico solution is a heuristic simplification of a solution to the transport equation. Although there is a growing consensus that the Domenico solution is undesirable for use in professional and research applications due to departures from exact solutions under certain conditions, it behaves well under conditions suitable for instruction. Moreover, the solution is easily programmed into spreadsheets, and incorporated into classroom exercises that illustrate the basic processes of advection, dispersion, retardation, evaluation of the error and complimentary error functions, sensitivity analyses, and Monte Carlo simulations. Exercises of these kinds provide students in introductory (e.g., students with no previous exposure to the subject) or intermediate courses (e.g., students having completed previous, related course work) with bottom-up experience preparing models, without a full commitment to learning a programming language. This frees the students to spend more time learning the physical processes, the parameter relationships, and experiencing the steps of moving from the equations to a computer code. A student survey and an instructor evaluation of a class project (class of 11 students) both indicated success in student learning at the levels desired for the course.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Kansas
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