Developing on-line homework for introductory thermodynamics

Roman Taraban, Edward E. Anderson, Matthew W. Hayes, M. P. Sharma

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Homework in engineering courses is used to develop problem-solving skills and to provide students with the practice they need in order to achieve mastery of essential concepts and procedures in their disciplines. We describe homework exercises that were developed for introductory thermodynamics and delivered to students via the Internet. Records of student use were created automatically by the computer server. The data revealed students' patterns of software usage in the context of the course; additional data from course instructors revealed the extent to which completing the on-line homework improved students' in-class test performance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)339-342
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Engineering Education
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2005


  • Homework
  • On-line education
  • Thermodynamics


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