USING OCTAVE FOR CALCULATING CENTERS OF GRAVITY IN THE BUILDING ENGINEERING STUDENTS

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (SPAIN)

Appears in: EDULEARN12 Proceedings

Publication year: 2012

Pages: 6511-6516

ISBN: 978-84-695-3491-5

ISSN: 2340-1117

Publication year: 2012

Pages: 6511-6516

ISBN: 978-84-695-3491-5

ISSN: 2340-1117

Conference name: 4th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies

Dates: 2-4 July, 2012

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Dates: 2-4 July, 2012

Location: Barcelona, Spain

What does Octave offer to a first year student of engineering? In subjects like Physics we know that new students arrive with strong deficiencies in mathematics and physics. Octave can help to reinforce math concepts, to perform routine calculations and to see the relationship between physics and mathematics.

On the other way, the calculation of centroids has many difficulties for first year students but it is priority for future architects. In this case, it is necessary to solve equations with integrals, which are often difficult to calculate from the primitive function.

The functions for calculating definite integrals built in Octave provide easy calculation of these integrals so that students can work with a tool that allows them to better understand the concepts of centroid and center of gravity, and also address statics problems where knowing the center of gravity is necessary to solve the problem.

The use of "scripts" facilitates the calculation process and re-directs the student’s attention to the “physics side” of the problem, so that takes, otherwise impossible to solve, can be tackled.

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