Title

Designing User-Friendly Handouts for Mechanics Courses

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Fall 2006

Publication Source

Technology Interface

Volume

7

Issue

1

Inclusive pages

online

Publisher

New Mexico State University

Place of Publication

United States

ISBN/ISSN

15239926

Abstract

Supplemental lecture handouts in a mechanics class serve two purposes: they provide context (practical examples of the theory in the textbook), and they explain how to solve multiple step problems. In each case, the handout contributes something not available in the textbook. Good contextual handouts grab the attention of the reader by telling a good story, complemented by a meaningful graphic. Problem-solving handouts help students understand the sequence of steps required to solve a complex problem. Step-by-step instructions are accompanied by a step-by-step graphical sequence, like a series of movie frames. Each diagram includes a shadow of the previous diagram, so the student can understand the sequence better.

Keywords

teaching, mechanics courses

Disciplines

Civil and Environmental Engineering | Mechanical Engineering

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