Salt Lake City, Utah
June 20, 2004
June 20, 2004
June 23, 2004
9.51.1 - 9.51.6
Laboratory Component for Engineering Mechanics Course
Rafael S. Niyazov and Mahmoud K. Ardebili Engineering Science Program Borough of Manhattan Community College / CUNY New York, NewYork10007
Abstract The Engineering Mechanics class at Borough of Manhattan Community College has recently integrated a laboratory component. The lab is designed to give students a hands-on experience with the theoretical concepts covered in the lecture. New laboratory exercises covering topics such as Equivalent Force System, Equilibrium of a Particle and Rigid Body, Structural Mechanics, and Friction has been developed. Laboratory equipment required for these exercises have been designed and fabricated. The reformed class was given for the first time in Spring 2004. The changes in the course are part of ongoing integration of various modes of learning in the Engineering Science curriculum at Borough of Manhattan Community College.
Introduction Undergraduate engineering programs across the U.S. are modifying their curricula to incorporate active learning components. These modifications involve introducing lab components and computerized modeling and simulation into the syllabi. Other approaches incorporate machines and real industrial processes as case studies. These changes are not just focused on upper level courses, but are aimed at courses throughout the engineering curriculum.
The Engineering Mechanics class at Borough of Manhattan Community College (a 3- credit, 5-contact hour sophomore level class) has recently integrated a lab component. The main objective of the laboratory exercises is to supplement the learning and understanding of basic mechanics principles. The laboratory component is designed to give students a hands-on experience with the fundamental engineering concepts covered in the course, see references  and . There are six exercises in the laboratory. They are:
1. Concurrent Forces The first experiment is designed to elaborate Equilibrium of a Particle in Space. A given load is suspended from three cables, attached to a horizontal plate. The main objective is to find the magnitude of the tensile forces exerted in the cables. Students will observe the
Proceeding of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright© American Society for Engineering Education
Niyazov, R., & Ardebili, M. (2004, June), A Laboratory Component For An Engineering Mechanics Course Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/12934
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