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Mathematical Applications In Electric Energy Conversion Courses Using Matlabtm

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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Math Software Use in Engineering

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9.893.1 - 9.893.11



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Bruno Osorno

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Math Applications in Electric Energy Conversion Courses Using MatlabTM Bruno Osorno

California Sate University Northridge 18111 Nordhoff St Northridge CA 91330 Email: Phone: (818)677-3956

Abstract Electrical machines and energy conversion are subjects that require a great deal of mathematical analysis. Historically math calculations have been done using slide rules, tables and/or calculators. Now with the easy access to laptops and cheap PCs must of our students are able to use mathematical packages to deal with the tedious and sometimes difficult mathematical problems. This paper attempts to demonstrate mathematical applications in our Energy Conversion and Electrical Machines course and the use of MatlabTM as a complementary tool for analysis and simulation.

Energy Conversion Energy conversion and electrical machines have evolved into a great deal of computer simulation. Several different programs are being used in teaching this material. Matlab is the mathematical software package of choice at California State University Northridge department of electrical and computer engineering. Our students do not usually have formal training in the use of Matlab, but they do have to have a higher level programming experience before taking the energy conversion course. This helps in the understanding of the basics of Matlab. In an attempt to bring all of the students, enrolled in the energy conversion course, to the same level we offer online (Webpage) mini-tutorials dealing with fundamental concepts. This is a dynamic process and continues expanding every time the course is being offered (usually once a year). These tutorials are basically about formatting input and output data.

We believe that by knowing some data structures, algorithm creation and flow chart creation, our students can pick up any software package (knowledge acquired at the freshman level). By the way this is the same experience that our students will have in the real world.

About the Tutorials We use our webpage to disseminate tutorial information. This process made the use of the tutorials very easy since most of the students prefer to work late at night and have access to the internet.

“Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright 2004, American Society for Engineering Education”

Osorno, B. (2004, June), Mathematical Applications In Electric Energy Conversion Courses Using Matlabtm Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--13884

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