Where did we go wrong? An examination of students treatment of experimental error in engineering mechanics laboratories

Anderson, Tim, Torrens, Rob, Lay, Mark and Duke, Mike 2008, Where did we go wrong? An examination of students treatment of experimental error in engineering mechanics laboratories, in AAEE 2008 : To industry and beyond : Proceedings of the 19th Conference for the Australasian Association for Engineering Education 2008, AAEE, [Yeppoon, Queensland].

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Title Where did we go wrong? An examination of students treatment of experimental error in engineering mechanics laboratories
Author(s) Anderson, Tim
Torrens, Rob
Lay, Mark
Duke, Mike
Conference name Australasian Association for Engineering Education. Conference (19th : 2008 : Yeppoon, Queensland)
Conference location Yeppoon, Queensland
Conference dates 7-10 December 2008
Title of proceedings AAEE 2008 : To industry and beyond : Proceedings of the 19th Conference for the Australasian Association for Engineering Education 2008
Editor(s) Mann, Llewellyn
Thompson, Adam
Howard, Prue
Publication date 2008
Conference series Australasian Association for Engineering Education Conference
Publisher AAEE
Place of publication [Yeppoon, Queensland]
Summary The ability of engineers and applied scientists to undertake experimental measurements is a fundamental requirement of the profession. However, it is not simply good enough to be able to perform experiments if we are not able to interpret the results. In this study, reports prepared by mechanical engineering students were examined to determine how students dealt with the disparity between experimental measurements and theoretical results in their Engineering Mechanics laboratories. Analysis of the reports, and discussions with students in their laboratory classes, revealed a superficial understanding or regard for experimental error. This superficial treatment of experimental error is, most likely, due to a number of factors that are discussed. Some possible strategies for addressing the issue are also examined.
ISBN 9781921047602
1921047607
Language eng
Field of Research 091503 Engineering Practice
Socio Economic Objective 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2008, AAEE
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30023079

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