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A New Approach to Teach Mechanics of Material Through Touching Experience
American Journal of Civil Engineering
Volume 4, Issue 4, July 2016, Pages: 143-148
Received: Jun. 1, 2016; Published: Jun. 2, 2016
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Yao George C., Department of Architecture, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan
Kuo Keng-Chang, Department of Construction Engineering, National Kaohsiung First University of Science and Technology, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Hsueh Cheng-Luen, Department of Architecture, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan
Tang Yao, Institute of Education, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan
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Recent advancement in building structural analysis by computer has changed the structural analysis work in the building professional. Nowadays, professionals can read output from the computers and will need a good structural concept to judge the validity of the analysis and to verify the calculated result. This change of structural analysis work sequence prompted us to reconsider the pedagogy in the Strength of Material class taught in the Architecture schools at the university level. This paper presents a new pedagogy in teaching Strength of Material class in the Department of Architecture at National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan. This new pedagogy is experiment-oriented in teaching different units of the Strength of Material in contrast to the math-oriented approach popularly used in most of the Engineering schools. New experiments emphasize on visually observable mechanical behavior so that students can visually inspect the deformation of members when subjected to different types of loadings. Three modules, they are lecture, experiment, and public presentation, are designed into the weekly class to enhance learning efficiency.
Experiment-Oriented, Structural Concept, Mechanics of Materials, Architecture
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Yao George C., Kuo Keng-Chang, Hsueh Cheng-Luen, Tang Yao, A New Approach to Teach Mechanics of Material Through Touching Experience, American Journal of Civil Engineering. Vol. 4, No. 4, 2016, pp. 143-148. doi: 10.11648/j.ajce.20160404.13
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