Computer-Aided Processes in Instruction and Research focuses on the use of computers in instruction and research. Topics covered include computer-aided data acquisition and instruction; computer-aided drafting with interface for finite element mesh generation; the use of microcomputers in mechanical engineering education; and microcomputer-aided structural analysis. Computer-aided learning in problem-oriented courses is also discussed, together with the synthesis of electronics education through introductory robotics.
This book is comprised of 24 chapters and begins with a discussion on the course content and the use of computer performance software by students during the design process. The following chapters explore the development of microcomputer-aided mechanical engineering software at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; the data acquisition process and relevant laboratory exercises, as well as the uncertainties associated with measurements involving digital systems; and intelligent computer-aided instruction. Some of the problems that arise in the process of developing a computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing/computer-aided engineering curriculum in a school of engineering are highlighted. The final chapter features the Robotics Application Laboratory within the Engineering Technology Department of Texas A&M University.
This monograph will be of value to students, educators, administrators, and other professionals interested in computer-assisted instruction and research.