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Incorporating Matlab In Mechanical Engineering Courses

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

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June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



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7.655.1 - 7.655.9

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Zhengtao T. Deng

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Xiaoqing (Cathy) Qian

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Abdul Jalloh

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Amir Mobasher

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Ruben Rojas-Oviedo

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Incorporating MatLab in the Mechanical Engineering Courses at Alabama A&M University

Amir A. Mobasher, A.R. Jalloh, R. Rojas-Oviedo, Z.T. Deng, C. Qian Mechanical Engineering Department Alabama A&M University Huntsville, AL 35762


Nowadays, entry-level engineers may find themselves in an environment that programming, simulation and modeling may become an integral part of their career. In instances that they are involved with enhancement and development of pre-existing programs, the size and complexity of a particular program may become overwhelming. Universities are faced with preparing the students to cope with the challenges that they are faced in their work environment in the context of simulation and modeling. Different tools may be adopted in various departments for training the students in programming such as C, C++, Basic ,Visual Basic, Fortran, or Matlab to name a few and the departments are faced with the question of what environment to adopt to train the students.

One of the requirements of the Mechanical Engineering program at Alabama A&M University is that all students participate in a project in every course. These projects require utilization of computer programming. Two programming environments adopted by the ME Department are Fortran and Matlab. In some courses such as Strength of Materials, Automatic Control Systems, Analysis and Instrumentation of Physical Systems, Kinematics and Dynamics of Machines, and Finite Element Methods, students are given the option of utilizing either a Matlab or Fortran to develop their projects. In some cases students find that the development time in the Matlab environment may be shorter, easy access to the built-in functions may eliminate the “overhead” associated with developing and or calling relevant subroutines, and the graphical features in that environment may be utilized directly in their report preparation. This paper discusses how Matlab is used in the ME program to enhance the programming skills of the students.

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Deng, Z. T., & Qian, X. C., & Jalloh, A., & Mobasher, A., & Rojas-Oviedo, R. (2002, June), Incorporating Matlab In Mechanical Engineering Courses Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada.

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