Integrating the methods of mathematical modelling and engineering design in projects

Imad Abou-Hayt, Bettina Dahl, Camilla Østerberg Rump

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Eleventh Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education
EditorsUffe Thomas Jankvist, Marja van den Heuvel-Panhuizen, Michiel Veldhuis
Number of pages8
PublisherEuropean Society for Research in Mathematics Education
Publication date2019
Pages4729-4736
ISBN (Print)978-90-73346-75-8
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventEleventh Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics
Education
- Utrecht, Netherlands
Duration: 6 Feb 201910 Feb 2019
https://cerme11.org/

Conference

ConferenceEleventh Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics
Education
Country/TerritoryNetherlands
CityUtrecht
Period06/02/201910/02/2019
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