June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
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Laboratory Development for Dynamic Systems Through the Use of Low Cost Materials and ToysAbstractIn an effort to provide students with a hands-on learning experience while demonstratingdynamic systems concepts, the authors have developed several laboratory activities. The goal ofthese laboratories is to engage students in an active learning exercise that employs higher levelthinking skills to integrate multiple course concepts. The laboratories are focused on inducing theanalysis, synthesis and evaluation levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy. Each laboratory was designedwith low cost materials that are readily available at most hardware and toy stores. The labs wereintentionally created to be easy to implement for undergraduate or high school physics anddynamics. Using children’s toys also provides a psychological effect to make the experimentsless intimidating for students struggling with dynamics concepts by adding an element of fun.All measurements for data collection can be made with a tape measure and scale. Time valuesare not recorded, but can be calculated and verified if precise timing equipment is available. Foran added degree of complexity, students were given the optional challenge to use smart phonesto record the motion of an object and use frame analysis to extract position, velocity andacceleration data. The labs explore the topics of position, velocity, acceleration, circular motion,force, momentum, elasticity, and more. The result is a simple and cost-effective set of dynamicslaboratory activities which would be easy for other engineering programs to introduce into acurriculum or use for educational outreach events. One of the main advantages of the proposedlaboratory activities is its portability.
Campbell, B. R., & Monterrubio, L. E., & Kerzmann, T. L. (2014, June), Laboratory Development for Dynamic Systems Through the Use of Low Cost Materials and Toys Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20730
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