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In Class Thermal Conductivity Experiment For Sophomore Materials Science And Continuum Mechanics Courses

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1998 Annual Conference


Seattle, Washington

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June 28, 1998

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June 28, 1998

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July 1, 1998



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3.328.1 - 3.328.10



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Priya Ragupathi

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Eric Johnson

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Dimitris Lagoudas Texas A&M University

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David Miller

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Richard Griffin Texas A&M University at Qatar

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Session 1264

In Class Thermal Conductivity Experiment for Sophomore Materials Science and Continuum Mechanics Courses Richard Griffin,* Dimitris Lagoudas,+ Priya Ragupathi,* David Miller, + and Eric Johnson* *Mechanical Engineering + Aerospace Engineering Texas A&M University College Station, TX 77843

Introduction Texas A&M University is part of a National Science Foundation supported program entitled the Foundation Coalition.1 There are six other educational institutions involved in the coalition. As part of the Texas A&M program, a group of faculty have been working on developing a sophomore engineering science core of courses built on the thrusts of the Foundation Coalition.2 These are: active learning (teaming and collaborative activities)3, technology-enabled education, integration of course material, and lifelong learning.

The faculty decided to base the teaching of the program on a previously developed NSF program that stressed the use and application of conservation principles and the second law of thermodynamics.4 This framework helps in the integration process by enabling students to concentrate on ideas and concepts rather than memorization of equations. The current arrangement at Texas A&M University consists of five courses, and these are listed in Table 1.5 Table 1. Arrangement of courses. Semester Engineering Area Course Numbers for 97-98 Fall Mechanics ENGR 211 Thermodynamics ENGR 212 Spring Materials ENGR 213 Continuum Mechanics ENGR 214 Electrical Circuits and Electronics ENGR 215

As part of the integration, the faculty decided to develop several experiments that can be performed during the class, and can be used to help integrate the courses. The abstract mentions three experiments that are being developed. The first is a 3-point bend experiment that is used to obtain the modulus of elasticity and allows the students to perform an uncertainty analysis. This experiment was reported on at the National Educators Workshop on Experiments in Materials Science: Update 1997, in Seattle,


Ragupathi, P., & Johnson, E., & Lagoudas, D., & Miller, D., & Griffin, R. (1998, June), In Class Thermal Conductivity Experiment For Sophomore Materials Science And Continuum Mechanics Courses Paper presented at 1998 Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/1-2--7180

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