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Cross-sectional design: a tool for computer graphics and computer-aided design courses

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4 Author(s)
Y. Zhao ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., Michigan Technol. Univ., Houghton, MI, USA ; Y. Zhou ; J. L. Lowther ; Ching-Kuang Shene

Teaching curve and surface design in a computer graphics or a computer-aided design course is a challenge because of the very involved mathematics, the lack of easy-to-use tools, and the differing abilities of students to visualize three-dimensional objects. This paper presents the authors' work in teaching cross-sectional surface design using a pedagogical software tool DesignMentor. With this tool, students have hands-on practice and still learn surface design theory in an intuitive way. A summary of the authors' experiences and future directions is also included.

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Frontiers in Education Conference, 1999. FIE '99. 29th Annual  (Volume:2 )

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10-13 Nov. 1999