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Engineering Science and Education Journal

Issue 5 • Date Oct 1999

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  • Book Reviews

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s): 231
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  • J.J.'s kinked tubes: EM radiation with scarcely a ∇in sight

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):227 - 230
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    Systems of tubes of force are a useful way of visualising electric or magnetic fields. Though they are generally associated with zero- or low-frequency problems, Sir J.J. Thomson extended their use to situations where it was necessary to think of tubes of force as having a propagation velocity. His `kinked tube' analysis of a simple EM radiation problem provides a visual correlate to the existence... View full abstract»

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  • Teaching the principles of electromagnetism: quagmires and stepping-stones

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):220 - 226
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    It is acknowledged that electromagnetism is a very difficult subject, but reasons are given why its principles should be taught in all relevant degree and diploma courses. These reasons are based on the unifying influence of the principles and the help they give to professional engineers to change between specialisms during their careers. Maxwell's advice on how to teach the subject is discussed a... View full abstract»

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  • Improving spatial awareness in physically disabled children using virtual environments

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):196 - 200
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    Virtual environments (VEs) are three-dimensional computer-simulations that can be explored in real time and which incorporate objects and events with which the user can interact. This article describes some investigations into the potential of using virtual environments to improve the spatial learning abilities of physically disabled children. There is evidence that the degree of spatial impairmen... View full abstract»

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  • The development of professional skills using a product development scenario

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):215 - 219
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    Personal and professional development is now recognised as an important feature in the education of an engineer. The paper describes a scenario based on a `ghost company' that has been successfully used to develop these skills in students. It involves team working between two geographically remote sites using such techniques as video conferencing, e-mail and the Internet. Evaluation of the work ha... View full abstract»

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  • Theory into practice

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):194 - 195
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  • Radar imaging of the oceans

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):209 - 214
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    Spaceborne radars are able to image ocean surface features, providing useful information on a global basis regardless of the weather conditions (especially clouds), both during the day and at night. This article explains this capability and provides illustrations of some of the results obtained. Mechanisms which allow a radar image of the ocean to be formed are outlined. Then several of the main f... View full abstract»

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  • Observations and models of technology trends within the electronics industry

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):233 - 240
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    The paper begins with a brief review of previous work in the field of technology forecasting and discusses the Fisher-Pry model in particular, before concluding with an attempt at producing a forecast of the rate of development of smart technology. The Fisher-Pry model is shown to fit well with an assumed ultimate microprocessor clock speed of 1-2 GHz. By combining data from multiple sources, supp... View full abstract»

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  • Enhancing students' learning while developing their communication skills

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):201 - 205
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    Today there is a need for undergraduate courses in engineering and technology to include work on key skills, particularly communication skills. This article describes how a distance-learning course at the Open University incorporated communication skills. It shows that assignments which encourage students to integrate their work on communication skills with their work on technological topics can a... View full abstract»

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  • Criticism: a relatively neglected area in engineering teacher training programmes

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):206 - 208
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    With reference to experience gained in Hong Kong, this article outlines some of the limitations of existing programmes for training teachers of engineering. It discusses the reasons for and possibility of including criticism-based learning as a topic in engineering teacher training programmes, and considers briefly why this type of learning has been left out of current training programmes View full abstract»

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  • 57 (history of technology) meeting report

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s): 208
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The Engineering Science and Education Journal was published by the IET between 1992 and 2002.

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