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Making Mathematics Relevant to Engineering Students

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

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June 23, 2013

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June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



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Mathematics Division Technical Session 3

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23.882.1 - 23.882.10



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Michael R. Allen Department of Mathematics

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Dr. Allen earned his PhD in Statistics from the University of Georgia in 1997 and currently holds a full time Associate Professor position in the Department of Mathematics at Tennessee Technological University. His research interests include edgeworth expansions, time series, bootstrapping, online pedagogy and fractional calculus and has published papers on four of these five subjects. He minored in education and physics as an undergrad and obtained a Master in mathematics. Recently, he earned a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering. While a student, again, he worked on the Formula SAE team and assisted them in designing and building a half scale Formula 1 race car using a 610 cc motorcycle engine.

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Dale A. Wilson Tennessee Technological University

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AbstractIn 2004, the author, an Associate Professor of Mathematics and a truly nontraditional student,started an adventure by going back to school and majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Theauthor, along with his adviser and co-author, describe and relate in this paper some of thepedagogical and curriculum discussions brought about by this adventure. In particular, some ofthe questions that arose during these discussions include questions about when vectors should beintroduced and the reasoning behind why mathematical proofs are taught. Finally, the authorsrelate how teaching styles have changed because of this interaction between the Mathematics andthe Mechanical Engineering Departments.

Allen, M. R., & Wilson, D. A. (2013, June), Making Mathematics Relevant to Engineering Students Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22267

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