## Abstract

In this paper, we show how an integration of the engineering design method and the mathematical modelling method can be applied in engineering. This is exemplified through two student projects in the first-year modules ‘Dynamics and Vibrations’ and ‘Models, Mechanics and Materials’, which are compulsory in the Sustainable Design engineering programme at Aalborg University, Denmark.

We first describe and discuss the definitions of the two methods and argue that they have many similarities and that the differences appear to vanish once they are combined in an introductory engineering project. We argue that when students experience how the two methods are applied in a project, they may develop a better holistic understanding of the problems they may encounter as

future engineers. They are thus better equipped to solve future real-life problems by having applied mathematics and engineering sciences as integrated activities.

We first describe and discuss the definitions of the two methods and argue that they have many similarities and that the differences appear to vanish once they are combined in an introductory engineering project. We argue that when students experience how the two methods are applied in a project, they may develop a better holistic understanding of the problems they may encounter as

future engineers. They are thus better equipped to solve future real-life problems by having applied mathematics and engineering sciences as integrated activities.

Original language | English |
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Title of host publication | Proceedings of the Eleventh Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education |

Editors | Uffe Thomas Jankvist, Marja van den Heuvel-Panhuizen, Michiel Veldhuis |

Number of pages | 8 |

Publisher | European Society for Research in Mathematics Education |

Publication date | 2019 |

Pages | 4729-4736 |

ISBN (Print) | 978-90-73346-75-8 |

Publication status | Published - 2019 |

Event | Eleventh Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education - Utrecht, Netherlands Duration: 6 Feb 2019 → 10 Feb 2019 https://cerme11.org/ |

### Conference

Conference | Eleventh Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education |
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Country/Territory | Netherlands |

City | Utrecht |

Period | 06/02/2019 → 10/02/2019 |

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