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Development Of A Computer Aided Learning Tool To Optimize Students' Learning Of Undergraduate Electromagnetics

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

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June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



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7.405.1 - 7.405.11



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Khalid Al-Olimat

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Khalid S. Al-Olimat, Ph.D.

Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Ohio Northern University Email:

Students have generally found electromagnetics a difficult subject to understand and learn. Despite the publication of many textbooks in this field, each one is intended to provi de an improvement over previous textbooks. Students continue to remain perplexed as a result of the numerous conditions that must often be remembered and correlated in solving a problem. Various possible difficulties experienced by students such as mathematical difficulty and unclear relevance explanation of principles and concepts. Many publications focused on the second possibility as an approach to overcome the lack of students’ interest in this subject. This paper is intended to address the first concern that is mathematical difficulty through the use of a computer-aided learning tool. The aim of this paper is to present the developed computer -aided learning tool that is designed by a team consists of three students at Ohio Northern University as a small project and to show how such tool helps students in the learning of undergraduate electromagnetics course.


With the rapid change of technology and its attendant introduction of new material into the curriculum, most colleges and universities face an ever-increasing demand to optimize their curriculum and increase the content of courses. This places large demands on educators to determine more efficient ways of presenting material in order to ensure that students continue to have the same basic understanding of fundamental concepts and skills as in the past. The primary goal of this paper is to address that concern. The development of a computer -aided learning tool, with the use of MatLab, will create a significant software to aid the student’s learning of introductory electromagnetism that include vector analysis and transmission lines. When the student opens the MatLab command window and accesses the software, a hyper-linked table of contents will provide guidance to the appropriate MatLab screen. Depending upon the topic, the screen may present symbolic or numerical computation. In all screens, the student can easily make changes to the problem specifications and quickly see the effects on the particular observations.

Proceedings of the 2002 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright Ó 2002, American Society for Engineering Education

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Al-Olimat, K. (2002, June), Development Of A Computer Aided Learning Tool To Optimize Students' Learning Of Undergraduate Electromagnetics Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--10736

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