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Virtual Pendulum Experiments & Mechanical Oscillations
Jeremy Riousset, Florida Institute of Technology-Melbourne
The pendulum motion is one of the first encounters with the concept of a harmonic oscillator. This activity seeks to complement a traditional, rigorous, theoretical approach with a rigorous numerical model. It ...

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Guess the Number Game
Carolina Barriento, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach
The purpose of this activity is for students to practice the concepts listed below by writing code that simulates a guessing game between friends. Keywords: Loops, Random numbers, Programmer Defined Functions, ...

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Illustrating Theorems from Calculus
Michaela Kubacki, Middlebury College
In this activity, students use MATLAB to create and interact with illustrations of three theorems from Calculus: (1) Extreme Value Theorem, (2) Intermediate Value Theorem, and (3) Mean Value Theorem. The assignment ...

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Static stability: mechanisms and prestress modes
Mettupalayam Sivaselvan, SUNY at Buffalo
Summary: The assignment is about detecting structural stability in a 3D truss by applying linear algebra concepts such as rank, column-space and null-space of a matrix. Outcomes: * Students should learn linear ...

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Exploring hypothesis-driven research using Arduino boards and Matlab
Sara Wilson, University of Kansas Main Campus
In this activity, students explore hypothesis-driven research through the development of an experiment using Arduino Uno style microcontroller boards and Matlab. This project encourages students to develop a ...

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Solving First Order ODE's
Rick Downs, Seattle Community College-South Campus
This assignment is for a Differential Equations course that has students use a computer to solve first order ODE's graphically using slope fields, numerically, and analytically. One part of the assignment has ...

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Example Bisection Method Problem in MATLAB Grader
Roche de Guzman, Hofstra University
Here's an example of a text book problem in Numerical Methods that was converted to a MATLAB Grader assignment to assess students in a more automated and interactive way. Other problems can be modeled and ...

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Conduction and Convection in a Fin of Uniform Cross Section
Yuxin Zhang, Washington State University-Tri Cities
Conduction and convection are two important modes of heat transfer. To understand the mechanisms of these two types of heat transfer processes, we study the temperature distribution in a fin of uniform cross ...

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Physical Activity and Heart Rates
Jennifer Jordan, Virginia Commonwealth University
This problem is an assessment of several computational methods being pulled together to solve a complex problem for biomedical engineering students. Students need to use mock clinical data to compute whether study ...

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Making Sense of Gait Ground Reaction Force Data
John Rogers, U.S. Military Academy
Students analyze a data set containing ground reaction forces from a human walking on an instrumented treadmill.

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Puzzle Coding
Sarah Patterson, Virginia Military Institute
Tactile activities or "tactivities" are one form of active learning that can increase student participation and enhance students' understanding of conceptual materials. In this tactile activity, ...

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Data Processing with MATLAB: Formation Energies of Titanium Oxides
Kristi Closser, California State University-Fresno
Titanium dioxide (TiO2) is an extremely common chemical substance and finds uses ranging from serving as a pigment for white paint, sunscreen and even toothpaste, to serving as a photosensitizer in waste water ...

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Vector Fields
Sayonita Ghosh Hajra, California State University-Sacramento
This activity is exploratory and collaborative MATLAB activity. Students will explore and visualize vector fields. Students will also learn about the flow lines of the vector fields.

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Solving the 1D Schrodinger Equation
Morgan Hawker, California State University-Fresno
In this activity, students will explore 1-dimensional solutions to the time-independent Schrodinger equation. Students will utilize a provided MATLAB live script to determine exact energy values for two different ...

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Breakeven Analysis Project
Kendra Wallis, The University of Texas at Arlington
The project requires students to use basic programming skills in MATLAB to write a program that will perform a breakeven analysis for a proposed new elephant house at the local zoo. Students are given parameters ...

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Unprecedented
Eugene Mahmoud, Mt. San Antonio College
This project is designed to introduce lower-division science and engineering students to mathematical modelling through the analysis of real-world data related to the novel coronavirus global pandemic. The project ...

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Put out the Fire! Exploring the Effects of Fire-Fighting Foams on Microorganisms using Statistics and Plots
Tess Weathers, Chabot College, Engineering
Objective Analyze a subset of data from a published research paper using MATLAB. This will focus on data manipulation in MATLAB, including reading in text files, for, if, and while statements, statistics, and plot ...

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Scaling sizes of sports field
Benjamin Bratton, Princeton University
This is a MATLAB live script that guides students to learn about the kinematics of thrown balls in various sports. It helps the students learn about simple numerical methods to solve differential equations, as well ...

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Sage Hen Flat fieldcamp/capstone activity
Basil Tikoff, University of Wisconsin-Madison
This activity attempts to simulate the process of field-based science investigation for the Sage Hen Flat area of the White Mountains, California. The Sage Hen Flat pluton is Jurassic in age and intrudes ...

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Geological Mapping of Ghost Ranch, New Mexico
Joseph Meert, University of Florida
This is useful as a first field mapping exercise (virtual) in a traditional capstone field camp course. Students will map flat-lying, but faulted Mesozoic strata near Ghost Ranch, New Mexico. Skills required in ...

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