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IEEE Transactions on Education

Issue 4 • Date Nov. 1999

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  • The philosopher's tree: a selection of Michael Faraday's writings complied [Book Reviews]

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s): 352
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  • Author index

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):1 - 3
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  • Subject index

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):3 - 9
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  • Control tutorials for software instruction over the World Wide Web

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):237 - 246
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    The World Wide Web (WWW) has given educators unprecedented opportunities to provide information to students both within their own classes and around the globe. This paper describes the development and implementation of a set of Web-based tutorials for MATLAB, a popular computation and visualization software package. The potential impact of the WWW on pedagogical objectives is discussed, and the tu... View full abstract»

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  • An undergraduate degree program for communication systems engineering

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):295 - 304
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    The increasing demand for skilled engineers in the fields of data communications and telecommunications industries called for the introduction of a new and unique undergraduate degree program for communication systems engineering. The methodology for determining the needs of this program, the formulation of its curriculum, a description of the communication systems engineer, and the student reacti... View full abstract»

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  • Computer-aided implementation of graphical root locus design recipes

    Publication Year: 1999
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    Root locus design is an inherently iterative process by which the poles and zeros of a system are selected to provide a desirable time response. However, trial and error can be greatly reduced using graphical design recipes. With the advent of computer-aided design (CAD) tools, most of the graphical recipes lost their appeal. The authors provide procedures for the computer implementation of graphi... View full abstract»

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  • Appealing analogies for aiding student's assimilation of some key physical concepts related to semiconductor devices

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):328 - 330
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    Appealing analogies are proposed to elucidate two important fundamental topics related to semiconductor devices, namely the carrier scattering in a crystal and the derivation of the diffusion capacitance of a p-n junction. The motion of an electron in a semiconductor crystal, according to Schrodinger's wave equation, is likened to that of a photon in a dielectric medium, such as glass, as per Maxw... View full abstract»

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  • A spherical pendulum system to teach key concepts in kinematics, dynamics, control, and simulation

    Publication Year: 1999
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    The Rice Spherical PENDUlum Laboratory APparatus (SPENDULAP) is a rich teaching aid for senior and first year graduate courses in kinematics, dynamics, control and simulation. It consists of a free-swinging (unactuated) rigid pendulum mounted in a rotating frame. The frame rotates about an axis perpendicular to the pendulum swing axis and is driven by an electric motor. The SPENDULAP is attractive... View full abstract»

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  • Analysis of the differential amplifier with an active load

    Publication Year: 1999
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    The analysis and simulation of an emitter coupled differential amplifier with an active load is presented. In most books, the two halves of the differential amplifier are assumed to be identical. This assumption made to analyze the circuit leads to erroneous results. Here, the authors compare the simulation results with hand calculations to convince the readers about this very common error in the ... View full abstract»

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  • Techniques in a pseudocorporate environment [engineering education]

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):255 - 260
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    This paper describes a strategy which was developed to effect desired behavioral change in a junior year electronics design laboratory course, corequisite to a second electronics course. Since any such strategy requires a schedule of reinforcement, the setting of the course was changed to that of a new employee orientation and probationary program with the instructor serving as Manager of Engineer... View full abstract»

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  • Student-written control application case studies

    Publication Year: 1999
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    This paper describes a graduate-level control course at the University of Pretoria, the aim of which is to develop case studies on industrial control applications. Groups of students are given a specific industrial control problem to study, as facilitated by experts from industry. Students study the process via a literature survey, by spending time on the plant in question, and by interviewing ope... View full abstract»

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  • Using PSpice 8.0 to teach digital logic

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s): 356
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  • Digital implementation of a magnetic suspension control system for laboratory experiments

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):315 - 322
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    In this paper, a digital control experiment using a magnetic suspension system is described. Although the results presented are for a quadratic optimal controller, the control system configuration used can cope with more advanced real-time control algorithms. Practical issues concerning parameter identification, computer simulation, discrete-time implementation, use of a digital signal processor b... View full abstract»

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  • Hypermedia: a tool for teaching complex technologies

    Publication Year: 1999
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    Present technological solutions tend to become very complex, interrelated and difficult to characterize systems, thereby giving rise to what we name “complex technologies”. Complex technologies have a lot of related concepts comprising a large number of nonexcluding or excluding subconcepts. Complex technologies education is usually based on the analysis of specific devices from differ... View full abstract»

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  • Information technology enhanced learning in distance and conventional education

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):247 - 254
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    The rapid growth of the Internet and the media-rich extensions of the World Wide Web allow new developments in the way instructors transfer knowledge to their students. There is no doubt that nothing will replace synchronous learning through face to face interaction but it is sometimes not feasible for students to attend conventional classes due to distance or time constraints. This paper presents... View full abstract»

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  • Simple unified elucidations of some semiconductor device phenomena

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):323 - 327
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    Unification is the quest of science. This paper elucidates unified perspectives of the topics, namely, semiclassical carrier transport in the bulk of a semiconductor and the capacitance of a p-n junction, clarifying the unifying features of drift, diffusion and thermoelectric currents in the former, and of the depletion and diffusion capacitances in the latter, to an extent not achieved in availab... View full abstract»

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  • ClassWise: synchronous Internet desktop education

    Publication Year: 1999
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    This paper reports the results of a five-year effort to develop an effective system for teaching distant students via the Internet, where the students are able to participate synchronously in class as contrasted to the more common asynchronous, Web-based “distance learning” approach. The authors have developed a system consisting of effective teaching practices and a practical family o... View full abstract»

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  • Educational design of high-performance arithmetic circuits on FPGA

    Publication Year: 1999
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    In many courses of digital system design, a large amount of time is spent introducing the students to architectural and circuit design. A typical laboratory application is the design of arithmetic digital circuits. In the past, as a hardware platform for educational digital design, programmable logic arrays (PLAs) have been widely used. Today, the field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), seem to be... View full abstract»

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  • Developing and evaluating an organizational learning process to continuously improve teaching

    Publication Year: 1999
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    The contribution of this paper is a description and evaluation of an organizational learning teaching process for continuously improving the content and delivery of lectures within a course and the overall course. Other authors suggest using periodic feedback mechanisms. In this research, the organizational learning literature and a survey of students provide support for using a periodic end-of-le... View full abstract»

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  • Freshman engineers' performance when solving design problems

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):281 - 287
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    Among the major changes that undergraduate engineering curricula are undergoing is the incorporation of design into freshman curricula. While the objective is to teach design so that students learn both engineering processes and content knowledge, the open question remains: to what extent can freshman engineering students learn to do design? To date, few studies have actually assessed acquisition ... View full abstract»

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  • Evolution and enhancements of a microprocessor systems course

    Publication Year: 1999
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    This paper discusses and evaluates the core third-year microprocessor systems course in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Queen's University (Canada). To aid students in acquiring a solid understanding of hardware/software systems design and implementation, the authors have developed what they believe is an integrated, practical, and student-centered approach for teaching this important subje... View full abstract»

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  • A comprehensive ray approach for teaching intermodal dispersion of a parabolic index profile fiber

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):271 - 275
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    A simple and comprehensive ray approach for teaching intermodal dispersion of a parabolic index fiber is proposed. The result is the same as that by using the conventional approach. Because the approach here only uses the ray concepts with very simple mathematics, it can be easily understood by sophomore students. A simple perturbation idea adopted in this paper makes the calculation easier and th... View full abstract»

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  • Teaching programming concepts using an icon-based software design tool

    Publication Year: 1999
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    The authors have developed a Windows-based iconic detailed design tool named which allows the user to design a program with icons representing all the major procedural and object-oriented programming constructs and data structures within a syntax-directed environment. The user can then generate syntactically correct code for any one of several text-based languages. This tool was used successfully ... View full abstract»

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  • Reflections on the operation of large multidisciplinary projects in engineering, design and design management

    Publication Year: 1999
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    Multi-disciplinary product design teams are now an accepted project development tool in industry. Many advantages cited are: rapid prototyping, cost reduction and the design of a more marketable product. While multi-disciplinary teams are common in such environments, it is more problematical to offer students in higher education experience of working in such a team. A variety of difficulties are e... View full abstract»

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  • Computational environment for the study of optical waveguides

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):305 - 310
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    A notebook in the software Mathematica is developed here for the analysis of planar multilayer dielectric waveguides with the objective of using it as a didactic computational tool, with a possible inclusion in the electrical engineering package library of this same software. The scattering and guiding phenomena in a given structure are analyzed in the notebook, through the use of the programming ... View full abstract»

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