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Cognitive Benefits of Using the Kinetic Diagrams in Teaching Introductory Dynamics

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

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June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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June 19, 2019

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Mechanics Division Technical Session 1

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Yan Tang Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Univ., Daytona Beach Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Yan Tang is an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla. Her current research in engineering education focuses on cognitive load theory, deliberate practice, and effective pedagogical practices. Her background is in dynamics and controls.

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Whether kinetic diagrams should be used in teaching dynamics has been discussed in the literature. It was recommended to use free-body diagrams without kinetic diagrams in solving rigid-body kinetics diagrams. This paper will examine the cognitive benefits of using kinetic diagrams in terms of reducing unnecessary cognitive load and facilitating efficient practice. We will first evaluate the benefits from the perspective of cognitive load theory. Then, we will demonstrate how we exploit the benefits through deliberate practice to enhance learning efficiency. Examples and assessment results will be provided to demonstrate the effectiveness as well as the challenges when teaching this approach.

Tang, Y. (2019, June), Cognitive Benefits of Using the Kinetic Diagrams in Teaching Introductory Dynamics Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32514

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