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IEEE Transactions on Education

Issue 1 • Feb 1991

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  • An approximation for the damping ratio ζ in a second-order system

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):145 - 146
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    The authors present a relationship for estimating the value of the damping ratio ζ of a second-order control system from the system's step response. This relationship gives more physical meaning to the damping ratio, such that students have better insight into its significance View full abstract»

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  • Persistent errors [in electrical engineering literature]

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):144 - 145
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    Two venerable errors found in textbooks since the early days of electrical engineering (namely diode demodulator or envelope detector distortion and power factor definition) are mentioned as examples of what must always be expected. A tentative plan is offered for purging such errors, as they are discovered, from the literature View full abstract»

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  • A backyard experiment for electromagnetics. I

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):142 - 144
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    The author presents an interesting experiment involving the determination of soil conductivity which can be introduced as a homework problem in an introductory course in electromagnetic theory. The experiment utilizes the two important topics of resistance-capacitance analogy and transmission line capacitance treated in typical courses View full abstract»

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  • A spreadsheet simulation of logic networks

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):43 - 46
    Cited by:  Papers (10)  |  Patents (2)
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    The authors present a method for simulating logic networks using spreadsheets. This method may be used to simulate combinational, sequential, synchronous and asynchronous networks. The characteristics of the method make it significant as an important tool in the analysis, design and test logic networks in education environments View full abstract»

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  • State-space approach to the bilinear transformation and some extensions

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):139 - 142
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    The author presents a method to perform bilinear transformation on the variable in a polynomial or a rational function. The method uses state-space representation and is based on identifying the transformations in state-space framework that correspond to the bilinear transformation. Also, a similar procedure is developed for the inverse transformation, sometimes known as the w-transformat... View full abstract»

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  • The NUSAT I project-government, industry and academia learning together [aerospace education]

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):15 - 19
    Cited by:  Papers (1)
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    In April 1985, the first satellite to be ejected from a Get Away Special (GAS) canister was launched from the shuttle Challenger. This satellite was named NUSAT for Northern Utah SATellite, and due to subsequent projects is now called NUSAT I. The conception, design, construction, and operation of the satellite and ground station was completed with all volunteer labor and very little cost through ... View full abstract»

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  • Simulation of the dynamics of an industrial robot

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):89 - 99
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    The authors describe the design, dynamical analysis, and control simulation of an industrial robot manipulator. The choice of links and motors is explained in practical terms. Dynamics modeling is done in terms of the Lagrange-Euler formulation. Proportional-integral-differential and computed-torque-controllers are then used to simulate the control of the arm. Simulation results are provided for d... View full abstract»

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  • Universal logic implementer: a general purpose tool for a digital logic design laboratory

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):39 - 42
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    The authors present a general purpose digital logic implementer, a tool designed to serve as a workstation for laboratory experiments in the digital logic and computer architecture courses taught in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Washington State University. The logic implementer is a versatile tool suitable for a wide spectrum of experiments, from simple gate-level imple... View full abstract»

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  • Creating scientific formulae using standard word processors is easy

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):138 - 139
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    The author describes a method for entering scientific formulae into text using standard word processors. The described technique places a grid matrix on the screen into which the terms of the the equation may be conveniently placed. The technique relies on the use of half line spacing, and nonprintable `keying' characters. The printed results are as good as those that can be obtained by using a de... View full abstract»

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  • The first Get Away Special payload and how it grew

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):11 - 14
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    In October of 1976, NASA initiated its Get Away Special (GAS) Program to provide space flight experiment opportunities aboard the Space Shuttle for groups with limited means and little or no prior experience in the field. The author describes the project established at Utah State University (USU) in 1977 to develop and fly ten experiments in the first Get Away Special canister (G-001). That projec... View full abstract»

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  • Applying engineering cost analysis in a microprocessor system design course

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):83 - 88
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    Engineering design is a crucial component of the under-graduate engineering curriculum. The design process should include not only synthesis based on performance criteria, but also consideration of economic and other factors to achieve cost-effective results. The author discusses the incorporation of engineering cost analysis into a design-oriented course. Specifically, cost analysis for microproc... View full abstract»

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  • Periodic functions and the discrete Fourier transform: a time-domain view

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):36 - 38
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    The discrete Fourier transform (DFT) is often used to compute the Fourier series coefficients of periodic functions. Most explanations of this process rely on advanced concepts from Fourier transform theory; as an alternative, it is shown by the author that the DFT may be derived solely in the time domain, and that this derivation leads to the well-known relation between sampling rate and aliasing... View full abstract»

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  • The complementary roles of laboratory notebooks and laboratory reports

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):133 - 137
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    Experiments can be documented by the complementary use of both laboratory notebooks and laboratory reports. The notebook serves as a chronological repository for experimental details, while the report presents a logical summary of the experiment. Emphasis on proper format and logical content in both notebooks and reports encourages the successful development of technical writing skills. When prope... View full abstract»

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  • Get Away Special (GAS) educational applications of space flight

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):5 - 10
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    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has established the Small Self-Contained Payloads (SSCP) Program, commonly known as the Get Away Special (GAS) Program. One of the prime objectives of the GAS program is to foster enthusiasm in the younger generation in the use of space. The author looks at the history of the program from its initiation through the development phase, its int... View full abstract»

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  • Simulation and design of a digital control system with TUTSIM

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):76 - 82
    Cited by:  Papers (5)
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    The author discusses the use of an educational popular continuous simulation language for designing a digital control system. The TUTSIM dynamic simulation program is capable of simulating control systems with a digital controller in the loop. A built-in parameter estimation routine is employed to achieve control parameter optimization. PID control of a first order system with time delay is presen... View full abstract»

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  • NASA's university engineering programs

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):31 - 35
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    While NASA has supported engineering research at universities for many years, much of it has been along prescribed paths of investigation. The author describes how the objective of a newly emerging element of the university engineering programs is to provide a more autonomous element that will enhance and broaden the capabilities in academia, enabling them to participate more effectively in the US... View full abstract»

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  • Microstrip design laboratory

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):113 - 117
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    Design concepts, fabrication, measurements, and optimization of a microstrip filter, directional coupler, and amplifier are presented. The microstrip circuit implementation is simple and easily alterable for optimization. Results from an undergraduate laboratory course are presented which show reasonable agreement with design parameters, and the optimization process adds to the educational experie... View full abstract»

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  • An educational image processing/machine vision system

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):129 - 132
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    The author describes an image processing/machine vision that was developed specifically for educational use. Most systems used in educational settings were not designed specifically for such use. In many cases, most of a student's laboratory time is spent learning the particular system in use, rather than the complexities of the assigned algorithm. The IBM PC based system described here, which con... View full abstract»

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  • SSCSSC: a tool for the teaching of digital circuits

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):70 - 75
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    The authors present a computer program to support the teaching of digital circuits. The program is used to describe, synthesize, and simulate combinational and synchronous sequential logic circuits, and to help students in their first contact with automatic synthesis tools. The program runs on both MS-DOS and UNIX machines, and it can be given freely to students for home use to significantly reduc... View full abstract»

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  • An undergraduate VLSI CMOS circuit design laboratory

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):47 - 51
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    The author describes a structured, 13-week series of laboratory exercises which demonstrates very large scale integrated (VLSI) CMOS digital circuit design and simulation for undergraduates in electrical engineering. He also suggests cost effective measures that could make the laboratory exercises economically feasible for vocational schools, colleges, and universities View full abstract»

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  • The evolution of the WPI Advance Space Design Program-an evolving program of technical and social analysis using the NASA Space Shuttle for engineering education

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):20 - 26
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    In December of 1982, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, with the cooperation and support of the Mitre Corporation, initiated a primarily undergraduate educational program to develop experiments to be flown onboard a NASA Space Shuttle. Christened the MITRE WPI Space Shuttle Program, it sponsored the development of five educationally meritorious experiments over a period of four years. Although the e... View full abstract»

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  • Computer-aided design and analysis of linear multivariable control systems using the systematic design approach

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):100 - 107
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    A new approach for the design of multivariable feedback control systems in the frequency domain is presented. The techniques handle stability, performance, and robustness aspects of the design problem satisfactorily. The overall approach is systematic and intuitively appealing. A new computer-aided control system design package called SFPACK is developed. This package has implemented the new frequ... View full abstract»

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  • Development of a practice-oriented radio-frequency design course

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):118 - 122
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    Several decades ago, radiofrequency design was an integral subject in many undergraduate electrical engineering curricula. In recent years, however, practice-oriented courses have given way to theoretical presentations of communication theory. Several years ago, industrial recruiters commented to us about the lack of formal training in radiofrequency design methods in undergraduate curricula. In r... View full abstract»

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  • Magic as a PC layout tool for small budget VLSI circuit design

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):52 - 55
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    The authors briefly describe the use of Magic, a CAD layout tool for VLSI circuits developed by the University of California, and how the program has been modified to operate on personal computers View full abstract»

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  • The NASA GAS program: a stepping stone to education

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):27 - 30
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    The opportunity to fly an experiment aboard the space shuttle can be a great motivator for learning engineering and science. The nonconventional nature of experimentation in space provides a medium in which faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and undergraduate students can work together, discuss science and technology, and all contribute in a meaningful way. The NASA Get Away Special... View full abstract»

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Texas A&M University