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Issue 4 • Date Nov. 1981

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  • Table of contents

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  • IEEE Education Society

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  • MIME: An Educational Microprogrammable Minicomputer Emulator

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    This paper discusses the design and fabrication of MIME, a low-cost microprogrammable, general purpose computer specifically configured for use in an educational environment. In order to have utility as an instructional aid in the areas of computer control and microprogramming, such a machine must have the following high level attributes: educationally oriented human interface, educationally oriented design, and user microprogrammability. These attributes were employed as a basis for deriving functional and detail requirements. The AM 2900 bipolar microprocessor family was used as the basis for realizing the design which satisfied the defined requirements. The resulting hardware and software is being employed at the Air Force Institute of Technology by students in computer engineering classes and associated laboratories to investigate microprogramming and its application to emulation. The paper also presents, through the development of this processor, an excellent example of top-down design. View full abstract»

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  • What to Teach: Understanding, Designing, and Revising the Curriculum

    Page(s): 262 - 266
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    A systematic procedure for curriculum design is briefly summarized, and the crucial step of content selection is then discussed in detail. The content is described in terms of the domain, principles, and problems of the discipline, and some suggestions regarding the teaching of each are made. The various reasons for curriculum revision are listed, with particular emphasis on the ways of solving the dilemma posed by the fact that time devoted to learning cannot increase in proportion to knowledge itself. View full abstract»

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  • Self and Peer Marking in an Undergraduate Engineering Course

    Page(s): 267 - 274
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    A method of incorporating self and peer marking in an undergraduate electronics subject is described and discussed. Similar methods could probably be used in other technical subjects. Its educational benefits are: greatly improved feedback to the students, additional reinforcement, and practice at self assessment. The method described has a high degree of student acceptance, and appears to produce reliable and valid marks. It can be incorporated into conventionally taught courses without disrupting teaching. The use of self and peer assessment in an isolated subject requires a great deal of attention to the details of the procedure, especially if it is to be part of the formal assessment in the subject. The procedure developed here requires the preparation of detailed model solutions and an extensive clerical procedure, but alternatives with a simpler clerical process are also possible. The nature and amount of the examination load on faculty is different when self and peer marking is used. For small classes it involves more work for faculty, but for large classes it reduces the work load. It is one of the few educational innovations that can do this, and at the same time have educational benefits. View full abstract»

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  • Simulation of an Industrial Experience in French Engineering Education

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    At the Ecole Supérieure d'Ingénieurs en Electrotechnique et Electronique (ESIEE), students devote their entire fifth year to a real engineering project which is financially supported by an industrial firm. This experience provides an excellent simulation of an industrial environment, and thus prepares the student for his professional life. View full abstract»

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  • A Visual Demonstration of the Electric Field of a Coil Carrying a Time-Varying Current

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    The nature of the electromagnetic fields of a helically wound coil carrying a time-varying current is examined. It is shown how simple applications of Faraday's and Ampere's laws yield the dominant field components. It is pointed out that within the coil, both magnetic and electric fields are predominantly axial and uniform. The axial electric fi'eld is many times greater than the radially dependent circumferential electric field usually associated with the time-varying axial magnetic field within the coil. A method is described that uses heat-sensitive cholesteric liquid crystals and resistive paper to provide a visual display in color of the electric field of the coil. View full abstract»

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  • Rotor Torque Distribution in Electrical Machines via Maxwell's Stresses

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    The calculation of mechanical stresses at the rotor surface is shown to be a simple procedure for the common types of electrical machine in which armature current can be represented as a rotor surface current sheet. Use of this technique can lead to a better appreciation of the mechanics of torque production in electromagnetic machines than alternative energy methods. View full abstract»

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  • Introductory UART Experiments for a Microcomputer Course

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    A course is briefly described which deals with microprocessor interfacing. One portion of the course covers programmable LSI interface chips. Introductory experiments are described for one of these chips, the Motorola 6850 asynchronous communications interface adapter (ACIA). The experiments allow the student to, in effect, "single-step" through the operation of the ACIA by inputting clock pulses asynchronously. The values of important signals, including the clock, are indicated in LED's. Thus, the student gets visual reinforcement of the ACIA's characteristics. View full abstract»

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  • A Statistical Analysis of the Grades of B.S.E.E. Recipients

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    A statistical analysis is performed on 11 course grades for over 200 B.S.E.E. students. These students graduated from the California State University, Long Beach (C.S.U.L.B.) over a four-year period. The resulting means and correlations along with certain other data provide an interesting insight into academic tendencies. Some conclusions are drawn from these tendencies as to future industrial success and as to effective course development. View full abstract»

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  • A General Method for Analyzing Feedback Amplifiers

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    A general exact method is presented for treating feedback amplifiers. The procedure is topology independent, although it provides a simple technique for topological classification. In addition, it eliminates the necessity of calculating the loading effects of the feedback network. View full abstract»

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  • Electromagnetic Theory: A Simplified Representation

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    An outline of electromagnetic theory is presented in which extraneous concepts (principally the permittivity and permeability of free space) are eliminated and all analogies between electrostatics and magnetostatics are heightened. The result is a simplified representation in which the introduction of D and H is logically deferred until materials are introduced, with the need for their introduction then clearly revealed. All four field vectors E, D, B, and H have the same units and dimensions, a simplification which will aid the student. Maxwell's equations assume a cleaner, more symmetrical form, and other commonly used quantities are simplified, e.g., the impedance of free space is dimensionless and has a value of unity. Charge and current require redefinition, and conversion formulas between this proposed new system and MKS rationalized units are tabulated. View full abstract»

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  • Basic Electric Circuit Analysis - D. E. Johnson, J. L. Hilburn, and J. R. Johnson [Book Reviews]

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  • 1981 Index IEEE Transactions on Education Vol. E-24

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  • Information for authors

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