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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. 10.18260/1-2--18043
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