June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
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A Heat Conduction iPhone and iPad App for Engineering Education ABSTRACTStudies have shown that most students learn by doing. This is increasingly becoming true intoday’s generation which is full of texting, tweeting, and emails. Students are always on theirphones, so why not use them in the classroom? In this paper, we report on the design of a heatconduction app to help students visualize the solution of an unsteady-state heat conductionproblem. The mathematical solution to this problem requires some advanced mathematics, andstudents usually get bogged down in the details of the solution, without understanding theimpacts of the mathematical assumptions and/or model parameters on the resulting solution. Theapp allows students to easily see the temperature profile in the object as a function of time forheating or cooling, and the impact of the system parameters such as the thermal conductivity,heat capacity, density, length, and heat transfer coefficient on the resulting solution.
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