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Making engineering mathematics more relevant using a computer algebra system


Adair, D and Jaeger, M, Making engineering mathematics more relevant using a computer algebra system, International Journal of Engineering Education, 30, (1) pp. 199-209. ISSN 0949-149X (2014) [Refereed Article]

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One of the uses of Engineering Mathematics is to provide underpinning knowledge which is useful and often essential for Engineering modules later in an undergraduate engineering degree course. It can be the case, however, that students perceive distinct boundaries between an Engineering Mathematics module and Engineering modules and fail to link what is being taught in both. The purpose here is to help alleviate this problem by incorporating a computer algebra system into an Engineering Mathematics module, so making the teaching and learning process more accessible and meaningful, providing students with a more realistic way of how professional engineers tackle problems today, increasing student skills, hopefully increasing their interest and finally breaking down the boundary alluded to above. The inclusion of the computer algebra system gave students a better appreciation of how essential Engineering Mathematics is within Engineering modules in general. However, its inclusion had a detrimental effect on interest. It was noted from the survey that the students liked the hands-on and self-discovery approach.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:engineering mathematics, computer algebra system, integration
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Higher education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Teaching and instruction technologies
UTAS Author:Adair, D (Dr Desmond Adair)
UTAS Author:Jaeger, M (Dr Martin Jaeger)
ID Code:98689
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Engineering
Deposited On:2015-02-24
Last Modified:2018-03-28

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