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Math Machines: Connecting Physics with Math and Engineering
  Location: HC 3029
  Date: Monday, Aug.1
  Time: 9:20 AM -9:30 AM
  Author: Fred Thomas, Sinclair Community College
  Co-Author(s): Robert Chaney
  Abstract: Math Machines is a unique technology that establishes explicit links to mathematics and engineering within physics labs and student-focused classrooms. Students design and test free-form mathematical functions to control engineering-style physical systems and complete immediate, physical and dynamic tasks. Examples include programming a light to follow an accelerating object, programming an astronomical clock to replicate the motions of the Moon, programming motions of a platform to simulate earthquakes of arbitrary magnitude, and programming red, green, and blue lights to display oscillating colors in various combinations. Equipment is inexpensive, consisting primarily of such things as a hobby servo motor and a 3-color LED in combination with a SensoDAQ or NI myDAQ computer interface. Schools are encouraged to build similar equipment and share it with math, science, engineering and technology teachers in their region.
  Footnotes: Supported in part by NSF?s Advanced Technological Education Program through grant DUE-1003381. More information is available at
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