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Dewey, B.R. ; Dept. of Mech. Eng., Wyoming Univ., Laramie, WY, USA

The common first course in the engineering curriculum has evolved from drafting/graphics to one in computer applications. Goals for such a course include the introduction of engineering methodologies, stimulation of interest in the study of engineering, and development of skills in using certain "tools". Candidate computing tools should solve equations such as those in engineering applications and produce various presentation graphics. High level programming languages have been in engineering curricula since the 1970s. Various solution programs have become available. The intuitive graphical user interface makes the use of spreadsheets appealing. As features have been added, we have found increasing use of spreadsheets for problem solving. An introductory course emphasizes basics, while subsequent courses introduce applications that work well on spreadsheets.

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Frontiers in Education Conference, 1998. FIE '98. 28th Annual  (Volume:3 )

Date of Conference:

4-7 Nov. 1998