Ames, IA (PRWEB) August 20, 2013
Free Body Diagram is an indispensable analytical tool that us used by a wide class of scientists and engineers. Actus Potentia’s module on free body diagram provides unlimited, guided practice on drawing and analyzing free body diagrams to help students become experts.
All problems in mechanics, equilibrium, and structural analysis begin with the drawing of free body diagrams. Typically, undergraduate students from all disciplines of engineering take a course on Engineering Statics within the first three or four semesters of their program. The main component of this course is the drawing of free-body-diagrams. Free-body-diagrams are an essential tool in determining the supporting forces and moments of a truss, or a frame, or a machine and determining the interactive forces and moments among the various components of a truss, or a frame, or a machine.
The Free Body Diagram Module within the Statics-Power software is a self-paced, interactive learning environment that provides immediate feedback to students in the form of hints and correctness for the analysis of trusses, frames, and machines. The software can be used also as a structural design tool that can identify collapsible and indeterminate trusses, frames, and machines.
For a student, the study of free-body-diagram must lead to the following generalized and required competencies:
The purpose of this software is to place the students in a structured, problem-based learning environment so they can develop the required competencies. The software installed on a computer will act as a private tutor that demonstrates the essential knowledge base and will evaluate student performance by identifying their mistakes and by providing feedback so the students can rectify their mistakes.
Among the concepts associated with free-body-diagrams, students often have difficulty with the following:
The software specifically addresses these five issues. In addition, the software satisfies the following requirements.