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IEEE Transactions on Education

Issue 4 • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Using the OMNeT++ discrete event simulation system in education

    Publication Year: 1999
    Cited by:  Papers (195)  |  Patents (2)
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    The intent of this paper is to contribute to the teaching of computer networks, parallel and distributed systems and discrete event simulation by presenting a simulation system that is ideally suited for educational use. OMNeT++ is a C++-based discrete event simulator which uses the process-interaction approach. An OMNeT++ model consists of modules communicating by message passing. Modules can be ... View full abstract»

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  • New methods for computing interpolation and decimation using polyphase decomposition

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):311 - 314
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    There are many applications in communication systems where the sampling rate must be changed. Interpolators and decimators are utilized to increase or decrease the sampling rate. Computationally efficient implementation of interpolators and decimators employ polyphase decomposition. In this work, the authors present new methods for performing decimation or interpolations similar to the way numbers... View full abstract»

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  • Introducing optoelectronics through automated characterisation of devices and virtual measurement software

    Publication Year: 1999
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    It is widely accepted that experimental work is essential for the student engineer. However, in the area of optoelectronics, the scope of many experiments has been limited by the issues of safety for the student, and the cost and complexity of the instruments and devices required. A step has been taken towards overcoming these limitations with the development of an integrated software environment ... 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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  • Attracting women into engineering-a case study

    Publication Year: 1999
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    Women make up 52% of the population and 55% (1996) of all undergraduate students in Canadian Universities, yet only 21% of students enrolled in applied science and engineering programs are women. In 1991, Ryerson Polytechnic University initiated the “Discover Engineering” Summer Camp for high school girls. The objectives of the project are to educate young women about the challenges an... 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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  • A common model for problem solving and program development

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):331 - 336
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    We present a domain-specific problem solving model to facilitate the study of programming. Specifically, we address how problem solving and programming can be closely integrated and taught to beginning students and what are the necessary knowledge and skills to enhance students' ability to become effective problem solvers and programmers. To accomplish this, we synthesized a common model for probl... 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Learning signal processing using interactive notebooks

    Publication Year: 1999
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    Signal processing is now being used in many disciplines of engineering because of the omnipresence of desktop computers and sophisticated application environments. Many concepts involved in signal processing are difficult to learn because: they are embedded in discrete mathematics and not easy to visualize; and the background in which to embed the learning is lacking. This usually leads to erroneo... 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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  • 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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The IEEE Transactions on Education (ToE) publishes significant and original scholarly contributions to education in electrical and electronics engineering, computer engineering, computer science, and other fields within the scope of interest of IEEE.

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Jeffrey E. Froyd
Texas A&M University