A visual simulation playground for engineering dynamics

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Title: A visual simulation playground for engineering dynamics
Author: Fong, Donald Brian
Abstract: Past educational studies reveal that students have difficulty making the connection between the mathematical and analytical models used to describe building behavior and the behavior itself . This thesis examines the development and use of visual simulation software as a tool to help students create connections between abstract mathematical models and the real world . A framework for the software was designed and implemented , enabling students to interactively construct , analyze , and evaluate models within a single environment . The software was tested by students in an undergraduate dynamics course to assess its effectiveness as a learning tool . Results are presented through scenarios that demonstrate the extensibility and flexibility of the framework and an analysis of student responses from the Student Assessment of Learning Gains instrument .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /86067
Date: 2008-10-10

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A visual simulation playground for engineering dynamics. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /86067 .

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