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Exercises for Students to Learn the Proper Application of Analytical Commercial Engineering Software

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Trends in Mechanical Engineering: Trends and Tools

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Mechanical Engineering

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Page Numbers

25.604.1 - 25.604.9



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Aaron P. Wemhoff Villanova University Orcid 16x16

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Aaron Wemhoff earned a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering in 2004 from the University of California, Berkeley. He worked as a Thermal-fluids Engineering Analyst at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory prior to beginning employment as an Assistant Professor of mechanical engineering at Villanova University in 2008.

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Abstract for “Exercises for Students to Learn the Proper Application of Analytical Commercial Engineering Software” submitted to 2012 ASEE National Conference A series of self‐learning exercises instructs students in the proper application of engineering software that includes choosing optimal input parameters, validating the results with theory, and determining the appropriate mesh resolution.  These exercises also enable students to gain confidence in their solutions by supplementing the computational results with theoretical and/or experimental comparisons.  The feedback from the students indicate resistance to the self‐learning exercises compared to a traditional learning model, although the majority of students realized the importance of validation and gained ideas into approaching the learning of new software.  1   

Wemhoff, A. P. (2012, June), Exercises for Students to Learn the Proper Application of Analytical Commercial Engineering Software Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21361

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