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Medieval Engines Of Siege Warfare And Modern Engineering Tools

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

Publication Date

June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



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Computers in ME

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8.845.1 - 8.845.9



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Ronald Goulet

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Session: 3566

Medieval Engines of Siege Warfare and Modern Engineering Tools

Ron Goulet College of Engineering and Computer Science University of Tennessee at Chattanooga


The College of Engineering and Computer Science at UT Chattanooga offers second year engineering students a three credit hour lecture course in Engineering Dynamics. Seeking to supplement the traditional lecture approach, experiential problem-based learning projects are inserted. EPBL is the outcome of a ‘learner centered’ classroom process that uses real work problems to motivate students to ‘perform’ or ‘act out’ the discovery and application of concepts. By doing so, students develop familiar as well as formal understanding of course content. The EPBL insertions compel students to ‘perform’ the tasks of analysis, design, prototype construction and proof testing of the gravity powered catapult known as the trebuchet. Individuals complete kinematical and kinetic analysis of planar rigid body motion requiring applications of modern engineering tools including Maple®, Excel® and Visual Basic for Applications®. Team activities include building and proof testing prototypes. The paper describes the development and delivery of the EPBL insertion, results and feedback and instructors’ reflections and recommendations for future improvement. Access to this course BlackBoard® website is also provided.


Engineering Dynamics is offered to all second year mechanical, civil and industrial engineering students of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at UT Chattanooga. The learning objectives of the three credit hour course include knowing and applying the dynamical principles of impulse & momentum, work & energy, kinematics and kinetics for particle and planar rigid bodies. The course also seeks to add depth to student proficiencies in the application of modern engineering tools, particularly Maple®, Excel® and Visual Basic for Applications® (VBA)

The method of course delivery generally follows the traditional teacher-centered lecture/exam paradigm requiring pre-lecture student preparations and post-lecture reinforcement. Pre-lecture student preparation is promoted through graded classroom recitations where students are

Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2003, American Society for Engineering Education

Goulet, R. (2003, June), Medieval Engines Of Siege Warfare And Modern Engineering Tools Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--12491

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