Class thermal conductivity experiment for sophomore materials science and continuum mechanics courses

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Conference Proceeding

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ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings


A group of faculty at Texas A&M University have working on developing a sophomore engineering science core of courses built on active learning (teaming and collaborative activities), technology-enabled education, integration of course material, and lifelong learning. The teaching of the program is based on the use and application of conservation principles and the second law of thermodynamics. This framework helps in the integration process by enabling students to concentrate on ideas and concepts rather than memorization of equations. As part of the integration, the faculty decided to develop several experiments that can be performed during the class, and can be used to help integrate the courses. The experiments provide the undergraduate students an opportunity to have hands-on activities. One of the experiments, the determination of thermal conductivity in material, is discussed.

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