Dynamic Systems Teaching Enhancement Using A Laboratory Based Project (Rube)

Peter Avitabile, Tracy Van Zandt, Jeffrey Hodgkins, Nels Wirkkala
2006 Annual Conference & Exposition Proceedings   unpublished
A Dynamic Systems course always relies on materials from previous mathematics and engineering courses. In Mechanical Engineering, these underlying courses are critical to the student's success in understanding Dynamic System's material. However, students rarely see the inter-relationship between material from different courses since there is no obvious common link. A Dynamic Systems course must allow the student to see the inter-relationship of this material. A new variation of this course has
more » ... of this course has been incrementally developed over the past few years to include both an analytical project and a laboratory based project to help the students firmly grasp the material. The analytical project is an individual effort in which the student solves a secondorder differential equation using multiple methods: closed-form solution, Laplace transform, and MATLAB and Simulink solutions. Each student has a different set of parameters defined based on student ID information. This reminds the students of the foundation differential equations knowledge they will require for the remainder of the course.
doi:10.18260/1-2--414 fatcat:bjbblsvn4rhvhnoknyiupgwzii