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Improving Learning Efficiency By Using Computers For Junior Level Electrical Engineering Courses

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.565.1 - 6.565.11

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George Karady

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Khaled Nigim

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Session 10

Improve Learning Efficiency by Using Computers For Junior Level Electrical Engineering Courses

George G Karady, Fellow member IEEE K. A. Nigim*, Senior member IEEE Arizona State University Birzeit University, Birzeit, Palestine Tempe AZ 85287 *Fullbright Fellowship leave at Arizona State University

Keywords: Electric circuit, energy conversions, teaching, and computer application


The paper presents a problem solving teaching method that uses personal computer based calculation software to introduce the practical use of engineering theories. The method permits students to study parameter and variables effects of an engineering case without writing complicated computer programs. The students enhance problem-solving abilities with the minimum requirements of programming skills as the course proceeds. The use of general- purpose mathematical software GPMS as a teaching aid tool provides high flexibility for educators. Good handling of the built-in functions of GPMS minimizes the vigorous and labor systemic manual solution of equations. The paper presents the experience gained in conducting energy conversion course at ASU department of engineering with interactively integrating GPMS within the computer laboratory environment.


Time and energy are saved once GPMS’s are incorporated as an aid to teaching in the classroom. GPMS’s are mathematical software capable of manipulating a general variety of mathematical equations and variables. The incorporation of GPMS into the classroom and in the laboratory experimentation enhances the interactivity between the student and the course material. This is one way to encourage the students to integrate with the course material that does not directly involve computerized tasks at early stages such as power and electrical machine courses. The lack of interactivity between the traditional course outline and modern tools resulted in a shift in the student enrollment in what could be classified as heavy current engineering courses. With the abundant availability of mathematical and engineering simulation

“Proceedings of the 2001 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright 2001, American Society for Engineering Education”

Karady, G., & Nigim, K. (2001, June), Improving Learning Efficiency By Using Computers For Junior Level Electrical Engineering Courses Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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