TY - GEN

T1 - Hands-on experimentation in the fluid mechanics classroom as homework with eFluids.com

AU - Dwyer, Elisabeth

AU - Gogineni, Sivaram

AU - Smits, Alexander

AU - Adrian, Ron

AU - Tavoularis, Stavros

AU - Rogers, Chris

PY - 2004

Y1 - 2004

N2 - In an introductory fluid mechanics course, it is important for students to realize that the mathematical models they are deriving in class sometimes model the real world well and sometimes not so well. One way to demonstrate this is to have the students model a simple experiment and compare the results of the model to those of the experiment. This exercise teaches the importance of the model assumptions and the applicability of the model. It would be even more effective if the experiments were simple enough so that students could do them at home as a homework assignment, rather than restricting their experience to a "canned" two hour lab course. At eFluids.com, we are building a library of such experiments in an effort to build a community of educators that moves beyond the traditional mathematical exercises for homework. Here, we describe a number of these experiments and how they can be used in classes. We also present some methods of using the eFluids.com Gallery of Images in the classroom to give students the opportunity to see "Fluids in Action". Finally, we introduce the eFluids Olympiad section where faculty can post effective and "interesting" homework problems.

AB - In an introductory fluid mechanics course, it is important for students to realize that the mathematical models they are deriving in class sometimes model the real world well and sometimes not so well. One way to demonstrate this is to have the students model a simple experiment and compare the results of the model to those of the experiment. This exercise teaches the importance of the model assumptions and the applicability of the model. It would be even more effective if the experiments were simple enough so that students could do them at home as a homework assignment, rather than restricting their experience to a "canned" two hour lab course. At eFluids.com, we are building a library of such experiments in an effort to build a community of educators that moves beyond the traditional mathematical exercises for homework. Here, we describe a number of these experiments and how they can be used in classes. We also present some methods of using the eFluids.com Gallery of Images in the classroom to give students the opportunity to see "Fluids in Action". Finally, we introduce the eFluids Olympiad section where faculty can post effective and "interesting" homework problems.

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U2 - 10.1115/imece2004-61532

DO - 10.1115/imece2004-61532

M3 - Conference contribution

AN - SCOPUS:21244463920

SN - 0791847233

SN - 9780791847237

T3 - Innovations in Engineering Education 2004: Mechanical Engineering Education, Mechanical Engineering Technology Department Heads

SP - 433

EP - 437

BT - Innovations in Engineering Education 2004

PB - American Society of Mechanical Engineers

T2 - 2004 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2004

Y2 - 13 November 2004 through 19 November 2004

ER -