Ames, Iowa (PRWEB) July 25, 2013
Actus Potentia’s Fluid Mechanics software (http://www.actuspotentia.com/Fluid.shtml) is a 24-7 tutor that will help students complete their work in fraction of the time, get better grades, and become expert problem solvers. Unlimited practice problems on eight major topics engage students in learning through ascending steps of question, answer, and feedback.
Students learn through active participation in the software’s structured environment that guides them through multiple steps to the solutions of problems in fluid mechanics. The software does not have a limited problem bank; students can pose their own problem and solve the problem with the help from the software. The software provides immediate feedback that allows students to fix their mistakes and develop strong foundation in fluid mechanics from the guided problem solving. The software does not contain any video lecture or lengthy reading material. Brief help files provide essential and timely help for problem solving.
The software consists of six major sections:
1. Fluid Statics including Manometers, Buoyancy, and Force on Plane Areas
2. Bernoulli’s Equation
3. Conservation of Momentum
4. Conservation of Energy with frictional loss, pumps, turbines, and power calculation.
5. Iterative solution of pipe flow problems with unknown diameter or flow-rate.
6. Buckingham Pi Theorem and dimensional analysis.
Many problem solving exercises utilize Actus Potentia’s own Concept Map software. The concept mapping technique has the following properties: (i) Concept Map optimizes the amount of information students need to store and reduces the cognitive load, (ii) Concept Map checks the sufficient of the input data and whether the input data have contradictions, (iii) Concept Map distinguishes properly and improperly posed problems, (iv) Concept Maps shows all possible ways of solving one problem making it attractive to learners with different learning styles, and (v) Concept Map does not make any distinction between direct and inverse problems.
The software is aligned with the introductory fluid mechanics and hydraulics course offered at most universities.