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Manipulatives in Engineering Statics: Supplementing Analytical Techniques with Physical Models
American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) National Conference
  • Joel Alejandro Mejia, Angelo State Univerisity
  • Wade H. Goodridge, Utah State University
  • Benjamin J. Call, Utah State University
  • Steven David Wood, Utah State University
Document Type
Conference Paper
Publisher
American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
Location
New Orleans, LA
Publication Date
6-28-2016
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Abstract

In order to assist students, gain conceptual understanding of internal forces, a physical manipulative of a truss was developed in order to help students visualize, feel, and analyze the behavior of the material being manipulated. The purpose of this qualitative study was to understand how a physical manipulative of a truss contributed to the conceptual understanding of truss analysis in statics. In this study, six students were presented with a simple problem of a truss, where no measurements or numerical quantities were provided, and asked to determine which members where in tension or compression. Subsequently, the participants were given a model of a physical manipulative resembling the same problem they were given before and asked the same questions. Preliminary qualitative results indicated that physical manipulative helped students visualize concepts taught in the classroom and provided a venue to gain conceptual understanding of internal forces.

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Mejia, J.A., Goodridge, W.H., Call, B.J., Wood, S.D. Manipulatives in Engineering Statics: Supplementing Analytical Techniques with Physical Models, American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) National Conference, New Orleans, LA, 28 June 2016. https://peer.asee.org/25673