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Computer Simulation Of Thermodynamics Experiments

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2007 Annual Conference & Exposition


Honolulu, Hawaii

Publication Date

June 24, 2007

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June 24, 2007

End Date

June 27, 2007



Conference Session

Mechanical Engineering Technology Curriculum Innovations

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Engineering Technology

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12.394.1 - 12.394.10



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Vladimir Sheyman Wayne State University

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Vladimir Sheyman received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the Academy of Sciences, Minsk, Belarus. Prior to joining WSU Division of Engineering Technology in 1986, he worked in industry. His areas of interest include heat and mass transfer and thermal sciences. He has published two research based books, over 100 technical papers, and has received patents for 28 inventions.

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Computer Simulation of the Thermodynamics Experiments Prof.Vladimir Sheyman, Ph.D. Division of Engineering Technology College of Engineering Wayne State University Detroit, MI. 48202 Tel :( 313) 577-0800, Fax: (313) 577-1781 e-mail: Abstract

The discussion about effectiveness of online courses and technology-based instructional strategies in learning environments still continued since the late 1960’s when several universities began offering distance learning of engineering courses via televised instruction. More and more educational units strive to deliver distance courses because the technological innovations have open up new vistas to be explored in imparting education. Probably, there is not a universal approach how to use the Internet to introduce the various scientific disciplines. One of the biggest hurdles to offering distance courses to undergraduates is requirement of the laboratories. This paper presents an example of the computer simulation of the thermodynamics laboratory experiments for undergraduate students. It also presents some ways in which each student should do independent laboratory work and should not obtain extraordinary help on this work that will have being on his/her true grade. It provides a further step into the realm of introduction the thermodynamics course on the Internet.


Today, educational institutions are increasing their use of the computer based technology in the teaching environments1. There are various ways how to use this technology, but basically the computer-mediated learning can be used as single teaching medium or it can be used in combination with traditional classroom experience2. Online classes have advantages and disadvantages3 .This is actually means that there is not a universal approach how to use the internet for education, especially for courses with laboratories. There are still discussions how to utilize the distance education to undergraduates when the laboratories are involved4. Meanwhile some universities are using the lab-based courses on the internate5,6,7,8. There is an indication of developing simulation in the laboratory classroom environment for thermo science course9. Our own experience in using a combination of the two-way audio/visual system for long distance education together with placing the course notes on the electronic Blackboard shows better results than traditional classroom teaching. Using the Blackboard allows student to print out the class notes and preliminary study the material before class session begins. But this experience pertained to the Statistics course that does not have laboratories.

Sheyman, V. (2007, June), Computer Simulation Of Thermodynamics Experiments Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--1969

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