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ERIC Number: EJ828295
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-0304-3797
Introducing Innovative Approaches to Learning in Fluid Mechanics: A Case Study
Gynnild, Vidar; Myrhaug, Dag; Pettersen, Bjornar
European Journal of Engineering Education, v32 n5 p503-516 Oct 2007
The purpose of the current article is to examine the impact of laboratory demonstrations and computer visualizations on learning in a third-year fluid mechanics course at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). As a first step, on entering the course, students were exposed to a laboratory demonstration focusing on the nature of waves. Students were subsequently taught the theory of wave mechanics in a regular class along with exercises. Finally, the computer algebra system Maple was used to simulate physical properties of the waves using the mathematical equations. The illustrations throughout the paper are examples of some of the pedagogical devices that students were exposed to during the project. The students enjoyed the demonstrations, but there are some indications that the interventions did not help to improve learning of phenomena. (Contains 15 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Norway