IEEE Transactions on Education

Issue 1 • Feb. 1986

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  • [Front cover]

    Publication Year: 1986, Page(s): c1
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  • IEEE Education Society

    Publication Year: 1986, Page(s): nil1
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  • [Breaker page]

    Publication Year: 1986, Page(s): nil1
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  • Development and Implementation of an Educational Simulator Software Package for a Specific Microprogramming Architecture

    Publication Year: 1986, Page(s):1 - 11
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    Microprogramming is one technique for designing the control unit of a digital computer or computer-based instrument. It has become more widely used than a conventional hardwired logic design technique due to its flexibility and simplicity. We have developed an educational software package for the microprogramming simulation based on a computer architecture defined in a popular undergraduate comput... View full abstract»

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  • The Kronig-Penney Approximation: May it Rest in Peace

    Publication Year: 1986, Page(s):12 - 15
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    It has been traditional in explaining the energy band theory of solids to use a delta-function approximation due to Kronig and Penney. With the advent of the microcomputer age, it is argued here that numerical treatments of band structure are easy to do and physically far more correct. The Kronig-Penney approximation should now be regarded as obsolete. View full abstract»

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  • Penn State in Suburban Philadelphia: Changing Conditions in Graduate Engineerng Education

    Publication Year: 1986, Page(s):16 - 20
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    The Pennsylvania State University's King of Prussia Center, located in suburban Philadelphia, has offered graduate degree engineering programs (extended from its primary campus in central Pennsylvania) for part-time professional engineers since the early 1960's. Initially established and operated with characteristics virtually identical to its host institution at the University Park campus, the Ce... View full abstract»

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  • Finite Element Programs for Teaching Electromagnetics

    Publication Year: 1986, Page(s):21 - 26
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    This paper describes the use of a set of finite element programs called KANTHAM [1] as a teaching tool in both undergraduate and graduate classes. The programs are highly interactive and the graphics-based pre- and postprocessing is designed to give the student a feel for electromagnetic fields. While one program solves both electrostatic and magnetostatic fields, others solve for eddy current and... View full abstract»

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  • Instructing Industrial Controls Using Ladder Diagrams on an IBM PC

    Publication Year: 1986, Page(s):27 - 30
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    Because of the increased use of programmable controllers in industry, educational institutes should teach the basic principles of these types of industrial computers. However, the cost of procuring hardware for laboratories is usually prohibitive. This paper describes the simulation of a programmable controller on an IBM PC. Special software allows the control logic to be described to the computer... View full abstract»

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  • A Novel Apparatus to Study Faraday's Laws of Electromagnetic Induction

    Publication Year: 1986, Page(s):30 - 31
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    A simple and inexpensive apparatus to study Faraday's laws of electromagnetic induction is described. The method of measurement is straightforward, illustrative, and does not require the use of expensive instruments. View full abstract»

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  • Problems Faced by Undergraduates Studying Electromagnetics

    Publication Year: 1986, Page(s):31 - 32
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    The problems faced by undergraduate students studying electromagnetic theory have been highlighted. These problems have been found to be associated with the background of the students, the choice of textbook, and the instructor's teaching methods. Several recommendations are made to deal with these problems. View full abstract»

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  • Simplified Biot-Savart Law for Planar Circuits

    Publication Year: 1986, Page(s):32 - 33
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    A simplified formula for the magnetic fields of line currents is obtained for the special case when the line currents and the observation point are confined to a plane. Its application is demonstrated by several examples. View full abstract»

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  • Teaching Utilization of a Multitasking Operating System: A Case Study

    Publication Year: 1986, Page(s):34 - 36
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    Engineers are taught to use a variety of tools in system design. This paper describes a project used successfully to teach one software tool, a real-time, multitasking operating system. The project involved the simulation of a simple traffic light controller and associated traffic. Pieces of the simulation are implemented as independent tasks runining under the operating system. Small groups of st... View full abstract»

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  • Notes on the Immittance Ratio Summation Theorem

    Publication Year: 1986, Page(s):36 - 38
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    A new and very short proof and energy or power interpretations of the ``immittance ratio summation theorem'' are discussed. View full abstract»

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  • An Elementary Problem in Electrostatics Requiring a Computer Solution

    Publication Year: 1986, Page(s):39 - 40
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    An elementary problem in electrostatics requiring the use of a digital computer is presented. The exercise involves finding the potential at the center of a uniformly charged ellipsoidal shell. The problem is appropriate as a homework assignment for electrical engineering undergraduates. View full abstract»

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  • A Simple Approach to the Conversion of Decibels to Absolute Ratios

    Publication Year: 1986, Page(s):41 - 42
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    A simple approach to calculation of the power ratios equivalent to integral values of decibels is presented. The method includes a novel technique for evaluation of the power-ratio equivalents of unit values of decibels (i.e., 1, 2, 3, ..., 10 dB) using simple mental arithmetic. The method gives students dexterity in the use of decibels more rapidly than can be achieved by reliance on evaluation o... View full abstract»

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  • Comments on ``Microstrip Circuits for the Classroom Laboratory''

    Publication Year: 1986, Page(s): 42
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    The cost of microstrip copper-tape circuits in a classroom laboratory can be reduced by using ordinary low frequency materials. View full abstract»

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  • A Note on the Effective Use of PC-Based Spreadsheets for Course Grading

    Publication Year: 1986, Page(s):42 - 45
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    This correspondence describes the utility and basic mechanics of using a personal computer (PC) and a spreadsheet for record keeping and course grading. This approach allows quick, efficient, and accurate preparation of grades. The ability to quickly calculate and plot indicators of individual student, as well as class performance, consider ``what if'' grading situations, and handle nonnumeric gra... View full abstract»

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  • Simplified Analysis of a Differential Amplifier

    Publication Year: 1986, Page(s):45 - 46
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    The proposed approximate analysis of the differential amplifier (DA) gain is based on a simplified circuit diagram in which the DA is represented as a two-stage amplifier. It is suggested that this approach???if used as a preamble to the formal analysis of the DA???could help in poviding students with an intuitive link between known and new concepts. View full abstract»

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  • Comments on "Zero distortions in negative feedback amplifiers''

    Publication Year: 1986, Page(s): 46
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  • Author's reply

    Publication Year: 1986, Page(s): 47
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  • Correction to "Computer-Aided Optimization of Transistor Model Parameters''

    Publication Year: 1986, Page(s): 47
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  • IEEE copyright form

    Publication Year: 1986, Page(s): 48
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  • Information for authors

    Publication Year: 1986, Page(s): nil2
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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
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