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Multimedia Tutorials For Drawing Shear Force And Bending Moment Diagrams

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

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June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



Conference Session

Improving Mechanics of Materials Classes

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8.868.1 - 8.868.13

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Wilmorat Ratchukool

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Arnold Lumsdaine

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Session 2368

Multimedia Tutorials for Drawing Shear Force and Bending Moment Diagrams

Arnold Lumsdaine Department of Mechanical Aerospace and Bioengineering University of Tennessee 414 Dougherty Engineering Building Knoxville, TN 37996 phone: (865) 974-6650 fax: (865) 974-5274

Wilmorat Ratchukool Department of Instructional Technology University of Tennessee

ABSTRACT Because of multiple solution techniques, students in introductory Solid Mechanics courses often have difficulty learning to draw Shear Force and Bending Moment diagrams or to write the corresponding equations. Several multimedia tools have been developed by the authors in order to assist students in gaining these skills. Interactive tutorials and animations (created using Macromedia Flash) demonstrate four different techniques for drawing Shear Force and Bending Moment diagrams. Full screen capture video tutorials (created using Techsmith Camtasia) demonstrate how to use MDSolids software for drawing Shear Force and Bending Moment diagrams, and lead students to play “what if?” games in order to gain greater insight into the diagrams and into the bending stress produced by the bending moment. Lecture notes (created using Microsoft PowerPoint) are made available to students online. Streaming video lectures (created using SmartBoard technology and video editing software) allow students to access lecture material and examples at any time. These asynchronous instructional tools allow the material to be covered in a number of different ways, appealing to diverse learning styles, so that the material may be covered more comprehensively using less class time than in a traditional lecture format. These instructional tools will ultimately be placed in the context of larger instructional modules in mechanics that will be available both for introductory students as well as for students in need of review. This will be ideal for students in upper division courses as well as those preparing for the Fundamentals of Engineering exam, in a variety of majors. Finally, the goal will be to introduce students to “real-world” engineering problems, identify concepts that they do not understand or are not able to integrate into another context, and lead them through instructional modules in areas of weakness.

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

Ratchukool, W., & Lumsdaine, A. (2003, June), Multimedia Tutorials For Drawing Shear Force And Bending Moment Diagrams Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee.

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