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Using projects in mathematics and engineering mathematics courses designed to stimulate learning

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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 4

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23.1333.1 - 23.1333.21

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Hassan Moore University of Alabama, Birmingham

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Years with the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB): 5

Current Position(s):
• Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
• Director of Outreach, School of Engineering

Current Job Responsibilities:
Dr. Moore’s primary interest is in the area of engineering education, particularly in developing project-based learning tools in Differential Equations and Multivariable Calculus. Dr. Moore has created and developed a new course in the School of Engineering at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, co-authoring the textbook used in the course. As a National Director with the Mathematics Division of ASEE, he works tirelessly to grow and develop the STEM workforce in the Central Alabama area. Dr. Moore teaches (1) Engineering Mathematics and (2) Engineering Computation using MATLAB at UAB.

Work Background / Experience:
He interned at UNC/Chapel Hill, Argonne National Laboratory (Atomic Physics Division), and Entergy Corporation in Transmission and Distribution, and then Standards. He then began serving as a high school physics teacher for three (3) years where his students would inspire him to continue his education. Upon completing his doctoral studies, Dr. Moore began teaching Calculus- and Algebra-based Physics at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C. After two years as an Assistant Professor there, he began working at UAB in the School of Engineering, immediately addressing the leaky pipeline in the freshman and sophomore years by offering recitation courses in Calculus I, II, and III, while co-developing an Engineering Mathematics course with Dr. Gunter Stolz of the Mathematics Department. As the Co-Director for the Blazer BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology) hub, he directly involves 800-1000 middle- and high-school students each year in the area of robotics.

Educational Background:
• B.S. in Physics
• M.A. in Mathematics Education
• Ph.D. in Atmospheric Physics

Dissertation Topic: Sensitivity Verification of a Non-Coaxial LIDAR System for the Detection of Ozone

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Using projects in mathematics and engineering mathematics courses designedto stimulate learningAbstractDuring the fall of 2008, an engineering mathematics course was developed at ________________ __ ________________ to incorporate lessons in multivariable calculus anddifferential equations. The goal was to focus on topics with direct applicability in ensuingengineering courses, adding logical components, like units and dimensional analysis, tyingmathematics and engineering together. The course added more of an engineering appeal to thetraditional multivariable calculus and differential equations material with the use of engineering-based homework problems, test questions, and projects. The projects typically tackle problemsin mechanics, electrical systems, population dynamics, optimizations, etc. designed to addressthe major focal areas of the course. This paper includes projects that tackle first-order ordinarydifferential equations (ODEs), second order ODEs, and multivariable calculus.

Moore, H. (2013, June), Using projects in mathematics and engineering mathematics courses designed to stimulate learning Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia.

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