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Guided Discovery Modules for Statics and Dynamics

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011

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2153-5965

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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NSF Grantees

Page Count

13

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22.762.1 - 22.762.13

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https://peer.asee.org/18043

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Javier A. Kypuros The University of Texas, Pan American

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Dr. Javier A. Kypuros is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas, Pan American. He received his B.S.E from Princeton University in 1996, and his M.S.E. and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1998 and 2001, respectively. He is actively involved in researching methods to implement and assess multimodal, challenge-based modules for Mechanical Engineering curriculum including Engineering Mechanics, System Dynamics, and Automatic controls. Dr. Kypuros has developed numerous web-based and video-facilitated modules to better illustrate fundamental concepts or elucidate common engineering misconceptions.

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Horacio Vasquez University of Texas, Pan American

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Dr. Horacio Vasquez is an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Texas, Pan American (UTPA), in Edinburg, Texas. His current research interests are in the areas of control systems, mechatronics, measurements and instrumentation, renewable energy, and engineering education.

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Constantine Tarawneh The University of Texas, Pan American

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Robert D. Wrinkle University of Texas, Pan American

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Director of the Center for Survey Research and Professor, Department of Political Science. Specialty is evaluation research.

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Martin William Knecht South Texas College

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Abstract

GUIDED  DISCOVERY  MODULES  FOR  STATICS  AND  DYNAMICS  J.A. Kypuros, H. Vasquez, and C. TarawnehDepartment of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Texas-Pan AmericanM. KnechtDepartment of Physics, Chemistry, and Engineering at South Texas CollegeR. WrinkleCenter for Survey Research at The University of Texas-Pan American ABSTRACT  Students struggle to conceptualize Engineering Mechanics (i.e. NewtonianPhysics, Statics, and Dynamics) fundamentals because they cannot successfullyvisualize the effects of external loads on physical systems and/or do notintuitively comprehend the static or dynamic response. Traditionally,Engineering Mechanics courses like Statics and Dynamics have been primarilylecture-based with little experimentation. The authors contend that through theuse of inquiry-based, mutimodal activities, lower-division engineering studentscan more effectively interpret Engineering Mechanics concepts. Instructors mustplace emphasis on engendering properly conceived engineering intuition andcontextualizing concepts and fundamentals. The authors hypothesize that byutilizing often simple, multimodal, inquiry-based exercises, instructors can betterovercome misconceptions. A novel methodology termed “guided discovery” ispresented herein. It borrows aspects of challenge-based and discovery learning.The method, however, is optimized for short in-class activities and homeworkassignments. Several modules are presented including results from assessmentsconducted.

Kypuros, J. A., & Vasquez, H., & Tarawneh, C., & Wrinkle, R. D., & Knecht, M. W. (2011, June), Guided Discovery Modules for Statics and Dynamics Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/18043

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