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ERIC Number: EJ1221460
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1051-1970
Make the Eigenvalue Problem Resonate with Our Students
Anderson, Jeffrey A.; McCusker, Michael V.
PRIMUS, v29 n6 p625-644 2019
We present a new learning activity that enables students to apply eigenvalue theory to investigate a practical modeling problem. We demonstrate how to build a spring-coupled pair of pendula and describe how students can measure the movements of these pendula using open-source image processing software. We then illustrate how to analyze this position data and provide supporting theory that enables students to accurately model this system using eigenvalues. This hands-on activity enhances student motivation and prepares students to model other complex systems using linear ordinary differential equations.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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