Abstract

The required, senior course in kinematics and dynamics of mechanisms at Clemson University is currently being taught using a declarative rule based program as a computational tool for all analytical tasks. This is because of the necessity of numerical techniques for the solution of mechanism problems and the difficulty and inefficiency of programming in Fortran or similar languages. Also, it is felt that introductory course work in any subject should not be tied to specific purpose applications software. The course has been successful in developing sound competency in analysis and design of mechanisms while relying only on a widely available, general purpose computational tool. The overall approach used in the course is described and examples of the work assigned to students are provided.

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