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Use of Computer Coding to Teach Design in a Mechanics Course, Resulting in an Implementation of a Kinematic Mechanism Design Tool Using PYTHON

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

Start Date

June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

Conference Session

COED: Mechanical Engineering-related Topics

Tagged Division

Computers in Education

Tagged Topic

Diversity

Page Count

63

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https://peer.asee.org/31187

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9

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Peter L. Schmidt PE University of Evansville

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Peter L. Schmidt received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Louisville, a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and his doctorate degree in mechanical engineering from Vanderbilt University. He is currently an associate professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Evansville. He was previously appointed as an associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He has served as a research associate and as an instructor at Vanderbilt University. He has also worked at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Crane, Indiana; at Precision Rubber, now part of Parker Hannifin in Lebanon, Tennessee; for CDAI in Atlanta, Georgia and at UTC / Carrier in Lewisburg, Tennessee. Dr. Schmidt is a member of the ASEE and a licensed professional engineer in Tennessee and Georgia. He is also a member of ASME, ASA and INCE. Dr. Schmidt’s research interests include aeroacoustics and ultrasonics, and has authored several journal and conference papers on these subjects.

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Philip Andrew Lax University Of Evansville

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Philip Lax is currently a 4th year Mechanical Engineering student at the University of Evansville, with minors in Mathematics and Chemistry. He is also a Student Trainee (Mechanical Engineer) at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division.

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Abstract

Use of a computer project to teach design of simple mechanisms as a part of a traditional mechanisms course is discussed. Multiple software platforms were implemented, with sample output from each individual platform, including MATLAB source code is included in the results. Effect on student achievement in the course was compared to a realization prior to the implementation of the project. The work of a student who chose to implement the project using the PYTHON computer language is highlighted, with PYTHON code included in the work.

Schmidt, P. L., & Lax, P. A. (2018, June), Use of Computer Coding to Teach Design in a Mechanics Course, Resulting in an Implementation of a Kinematic Mechanism Design Tool Using PYTHON Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/31187

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