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IEEE Transactions on Education

Issue 4 • Date Nov 1996

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  • A multiple-constructs framework for teaching control concepts

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s):488 - 496
    Cited by:  Papers (5)
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    The phenomenon of control is an essential component of the everyday natural, social, and artificial environment. Control-related concepts have become a central component of many core topics in modern technology education. Knowledge about students abilities to understand (analysis) and design (synthesis) controlled systems, however, is still poor. Evidence already collected shows that students have... View full abstract»

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  • LADDER-a microcomputer tool for passive filter design and simulation

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s):478 - 487
    Cited by:  Papers (7)
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    Modern analog filter designs fit into two categories: cascade prototypes; and ladder prototypes. Although software programs for cascade filters are common, the same cannot be said for ladder filters. In order to teach advanced topics such as element frequency transformations, simulated passive elements, leapfrog implementations, and switched capacitor implementations, students must be comfortable ... View full abstract»

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  • Experiments on a coupled oscillator

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s):558 - 562
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    The theory of a symmetric and asymmetric coupled oscillator circuit with an arbitrary initial condition was verified by a novel experimental technique. The key for the success of these experiments is the use of the analog switches. These new electronic devices are very fast and have very low contact resistance when closed. With the help of these novel switches, one can set up any initial condition... View full abstract»

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  • A CAD tool for limit cycle prediction in nonlinear systems

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s):505 - 511
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    The analysis of nonlinear control systems can be greatly improved by the use of computer software. In this paper, an interactive, user-friendly, graphically oriented toolbox based on Matlab is presented. Nonlinear systems whose nonlinearity is given by a relay are considered, and stability of free and forced oscillations is analyzed using the methods by Hamel, Tsypkin and Paquet. Nonlinear control... View full abstract»

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  • Laboratory exercises for practical performance of algorithms and data structures

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s):526 - 531
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    This paper addresses the question of theoretical versus practical performance of algorithms and data structures. It describes an experiment the first author has been using in his data structures course to achieve the primary objective of comparing theoretical behavior of algorithms with their actual performance. It also presents enhancements in performance evaluation experiments and a general meth... View full abstract»

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  • CASPER: a hypermedia departmental information system

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s):471 - 477
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    In this paper, the authors discuss the design and development of computer assisted studies planning and educational resources (CASPER). CASPER is a hypermedia information system that allows students to find up-to-date information on courses, instructors, announcements, transfer credit, and frequently asked questions. One of the most important features of CASPER is its capability to assist students... View full abstract»

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  • A coupled pendula system as an analogy to coupled transmission lines

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s):548 - 557
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    The aim of this paper is to present a practical and easy to analyze coupled pendula system in order to demonstrate, by analogy, the behavior of coupled transmission lines and related devices. The importance of the coupled mode theory is first explained and its derivation is worked out through the use of the spring-coupled pendula, followed by a statement of the theory and its restrictions. The the... View full abstract»

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  • Notebook versus desktop computers for cadets at West Point

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s):497 - 504
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    Some universities require or recommend that their students purchase personal computers, and the trend is toward using the portable notebook variety. West Point cadets (students) are currently issued late-model, IBM-compatible desktop PCs on matriculation, and this study investigated the feasibility and desirability of issuing notebook computers to future incoming classes. As a pilot comparison, on... View full abstract»

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  • A new electronic manufacturing course for the electrical engineering curriculum

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s):512 - 518
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    In this paper, an innovative model for course development that promotes a cooperation of educational institutions and a manufacturing company is described. This linkage, which provides state-of-the art technical education for senior students, resulted from the collaboration between the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at Indianapolis (IUPUI) and the Electronic Manufacturing Productivity... View full abstract»

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  • The II parallel programming system

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s):457 - 464
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    A parallel random access machine (PRAM)-oriented programming language called II and its implementation on transputer networks are presented. The approach taken is a compromise between efficiency and simplicity. The II language has been conceived as a tool for the study, design, analysis, verification, and teaching of parallel algorithms. One of the main features of this Pascal-like language is the... View full abstract»

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  • Time domain solutions to partial differential equations using SPICE

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s):563 - 573
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    In this paper a method for using a time domain circuit code to solve partial differential equations is described. Rather than following the usual approach of developing a lumped-element circuit model, the partial differential equation is finite differenced in space and written in state variable form. The resulting system of coupled ordinary differential equations is then modeled by an array of cou... View full abstract»

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  • Emphasizing some little-used theorems in introductory network analysis

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s):532 - 539
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    This paper promotes the use of some little-used but most valuable theorems that are available to students in introductory network analysis: the voltage and current shifting theorems; the voltage and current source theorems; the reduction theorem; and the substitution theorem. Examples illustrate how these theorems can be used to solve for one or more variables in the many networks that contain dep... View full abstract»

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  • Obtaining J-K, D, and T excitation equations directly from state transition diagrams

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s):519 - 525
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    This paper presents techniques for obtaining J-K, D, and T excitation equations for synchronous state machine designs directly from state transition diagrams. Classical designs using K-maps (Karnaugh maps) are time consuming to draw and difficult to use when large designs are involved. Computer tools are very valuable for assignments outside of the classroom, that is, for homework assignments, lab... View full abstract»

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  • Number and density of states in quantum semiconductor structures

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s):465 - 470
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    Pushed by the semiconductor industry to achieve greater speed and functionality, device dimensions are becoming sufficiently small to exhibit prominent quantum mechanical effects. In addition, devices are now being developed that utilize these quantum effects. The number and density of states are fundamentally important in the operation of any quantum device. Traditionally in a classroom setting, ... View full abstract»

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  • An improved PSPICE model for simulation and analysis of thyristor commutation circuits in DC choppers

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s):540 - 547
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    An accurate model of the thyristor in DC chopper commutation circuits is described using the available elements in the PSpice program library. The improved model, which takes into account the reverse recovery time during turn off, is used to simulate voltage and current commutated DC choppers. Simulation results, which include a study of commutation failure, agree with theoretical and experimental... View full abstract»

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