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IEEE Transactions on Education

Issue 2 • June 1968

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  • Table of contents

    Publication Year: 1968, Page(s): c1
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  • IEEE Education Group

    Publication Year: 1968, Page(s): c2
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  • A Summer Graduate Program for Electrical Engineering Faculty Members

    Publication Year: 1968, Page(s):85 - 88
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    Few formal programs have been developed with the specific goals of enabling faculty members to further their education in new and developing technical areas and to work towards advanced degrees in a planned sequence of summer courses. A summer graduate program for electrical engineering teachers was instituted in 1962 at Worcester Polytechnic Institute as a result of many months of discussion in t... View full abstract»

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  • Engineering Approach to Engineering Education

    Publication Year: 1968, Page(s):89 - 93
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    Various suggestions for modification of the electrical engineering curricula are briefly reviewed; importance of the laboratory is discussed; and guidelines for a new curriculum, based on a reasonably equal division between theory and laboratory, are presented. View full abstract»

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  • A Critical Appraisal of the Application of Systems Analysis to Educational Planning Models

    Publication Year: 1968, Page(s):94 - 98
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    This paper attempts to show that the applications to educational planning models of what is called systems analysis have been, thus far, unsuccessful. Several basic fallacies in previous works are cited. Attention is then focused on input-output analysis, an approach much favored in educational planning models. It is shown how misleading the results of input-output analysis can be. The paper concl... View full abstract»

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  • General Semantics as an Educative Tool in the Electrical Curriculum

    Publication Year: 1968, Page(s):99 - 104
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    Because science and technology are changing more and more rapidly with time, the tempo of university curriculum modernization is increasing and the problem of engineering obsolescence is becoming more acute. This paper, written from the viewpoint of an engineer in the research and development segment of industry, introduces three central concepts from general semantics: 1) levels of abstraction, 2... View full abstract»

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  • Some Classroom Uses of Ambits in Teaching Graph Theory

    Publication Year: 1968, Page(s):104 - 107
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    To a student in linear graph theory, many concepts which later become almost second nature often need at first step-by-step, concrete demonstrations. For example, cut sets and cut vertices become increasingly meaningful if the student is given a procedure whereby he, by himself, can correctly and confidently identify all cut sets and cut vertices in any given graph no matter how complex. For this ... View full abstract»

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  • A Course in the Principles of Engineering for Freshmen

    Publication Year: 1968, Page(s):108 - 112
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    An engineering course for freshmen is described. The course begins with a discussion of the philosophy of preliminary design and then moves to certain "macroconcepts" used in the design process: These are: economics, energy, thermodynamics, information, human factors, and optimization. An important feature of the course is a weekly three-hour design laboratory in which the principles covered in le... View full abstract»

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  • An Approach to the Teaching of Computational Methods in Optimal Control

    Publication Year: 1968, Page(s):112 - 116
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  • Describing-Function Analysis of Thermally Self-Excited Mechanical Oscillators

    Publication Year: 1968, Page(s):116 - 119
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    This paper presents an example of the broad applicability of techniques developed initially for use in a specialized field. Describing-function techniques, which are useful in the analysis of nonlinear circuits, are applied to the analysis of thermally selfexcited mechanical oscillators. The amplitude and frequency behavior predicted by this method of analysis are in qualitative agreement with the... View full abstract»

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  • A Simple Design Algorithm for Synthesis of Multilevel Combinational Networks

    Publication Year: 1968, Page(s):120 - 122
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    An algorithm is presented for the synthesis of combinational networks with a constrained arrangement of ANDs, ORs, NANDs, NORs, and inverters. The algorithn is easily presented to students in an introductory logic design course and has considerable application in modem practical logic design. Many texts available for a first course in logic design give very limited practical guidance for synthesis... View full abstract»

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  • Analysis of Waveform Distortion in Linear Systems

    Publication Year: 1968, Page(s):122 - 125
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    Analysis of waveform distortion in linear systems has been taught in several ways. The approach introduced here is based upon the mean-square difference between the input and output signals. Both deterministic and random signals can be accommodated, the only requirements for a mathematical analysis being knowledge of the input-signal autocorrelation function and the unit-impulse response of the li... View full abstract»

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  • A poor man's plot(ER)-simple plotting routines using fortran II

    Publication Year: 1968, Page(s):125 - 134
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    Simple routines are described which give plotting capability to FORTRAN II computers equipped with only the standard printer. Examples of the work are given in addition to the routines themselves. No extra equipment or special operator attention is required. View full abstract»

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  • Partitions of Numbers for Finding Certain Graphs

    Publication Year: 1968, Page(s):134 - 136
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    A method for generating restricted partitions of numbers is presented as an aid in helping the student construct three-arc cycles in certain directed graphs. Through this and similar devices the study of linear graph theory, as a whole, becomes more real to the student. View full abstract»

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  • A Comparison between the Fourier and Ritz Describing Functions for the Damped Driven Duffing Equation

    Publication Year: 1968, Page(s):136 - 138
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    Fourier and Ritz describing functions are obtained for the damped, driven Duffing equation. These results are compared to the pseudo-describing function, which is defined as the ratio of the first harmonic output amplitude obtained with a real filter to the input amplitude. The results indicate that the Ritz describing function is a better approximation to the pseudo-describing function. Since a n... View full abstract»

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  • The Significance of Initial Conditions to Engineering Problems

    Publication Year: 1968, Page(s):138 - 141
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    The treatment of initial conditions in many textbooks and consequently in many courses on linear network analysis is not well systematized and, at best, is weakly presented. The purpose here is to discuss initial conditions in such a manner that it will not cause confusion when applied to linear system problems. Some ideas that are not widely known are presented, which are well suited for undergra... View full abstract»

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  • z-Transform Analysis of Sampled-Data Control Systems without Reference to Impulse Functions

    Publication Year: 1968, Page(s):141 - 144
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    The z-transform method of analysis of sampled-data control systems is developed without the usual references to impulse functions. It is felt that this development is desirable for an introductory course in sampled-data control systems, since the student is not given the impression that z-transform analysis is dependent on an assumption of the existence of impulse functions. Further, this developm... View full abstract»

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  • Use of the Smith Chart with Complex Characteristic Impedance

    Publication Year: 1968, Page(s):144 - 146
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    The Smith chart has long been recognized as a useful classroom aid in the study of transmission lines and waveguides. It could also be used for more general n-port network calculations, except that normalizing with respect to a complex characteristic impedance can lead to left half-plane normalized impedances and, consequently, points outside the standard Smith chart even for passive terminations.... View full abstract»

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  • Convolution of Laplace Transforms

    Publication Year: 1968, Page(s):146 - 148
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    Multiplication of appropriate real functions is shown to correspond to convolution of their Laplace transforms as a contour integral. View full abstract»

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  • A class of laplace inversions-evaluation of l-1[πe-pi-nn(p-2-a-2)]

    Publication Year: 1968, Page(s):148 - 151
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    The popular and powerful method of Laplace transform sometimes brings fret and frustration to the user because of difficulties occasionally encountered in the final inversion process. One such case in point is found in a viscoelastokinetic problem where formulas for the final inversion of the solutions in the transformed plane are not available in the literature. In this paper, for the purpose of ... View full abstract»

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  • Recursive Techniques for Obtaining the Partial Fraction Expansion of a Rational Function

    Publication Year: 1968, Page(s):152 - 154
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    In dealing with linear time-invariant systems, one often encounters the partial fraction expansion of rational functions. For the case of multiple and complex conjugate poles, the traditional Heaviside's expansion involves differential calculus and complex algebra, respectively. Recursive techniques based on the extended definition of the initial value theorem effectively eliminate both calculus a... View full abstract»

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  • On Network Theorems

    Publication Year: 1968, Page(s):154 - 155
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    The well-known theorems of Thevenin and Norton are again proved here. The method presented has been found to receive greater response from students, as it simultaneously gives them a clear insight into the mesh and node-pair methods of analysis and the principles of linear graph theory. View full abstract»

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  • On Solving a Class of Simultaneous Linear Equations

    Publication Year: 1968, Page(s): 155
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    To obtain transfer functions from given time-delay functions it is necessary to solve the simultaneous linear equations Aλ = y (1) where the solution λ is known to have only the values ±1 as its components. Standard techniques require calculating the inverse A-1 of the matrix A. A method is presented that uses the known form of the solution to avoid the matrix inversion. View full abstract»

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  • A Note on the Infinite Integral of the Rational Function

    Publication Year: 1968, Page(s): 156
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  • A Laboratory Experiment on Transient Stability

    Publication Year: 1968, Page(s):156 - 157
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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