Honors Section in Engineering Fluid Mechanics
The University of Idaho Honors Program (UHP) is an academic program that offers admitted students a vibrant, intellectual and social community. It emphasizes small honors class size and opportunities for undergraduate research and experiential learning, which enable students to work with selected professors one-on-one. In general, honors students take one honors course each semester in order to complete the program. Many of these courses also satisfy general education requirements. For many years, the College of Engineering has assisted Honors Program students by providing a special honors sections of statics and dynamics. Recently, the Mechanical Engineering department has helped honors students expand their engineering science options by creating embedded honors sections within additional engineering science courses. This past fall, Dr. Tao Xing, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, taught ENGR 335 Engineering Fluid Mechanics with an embedded UHP section. Students who signed up for this section were required to complete additional homework problems and six hands-on experimental projects using everyday items.
The projects were:
Project 6 - WIND TUNNEL TESTING
Conduct velocity measurements using Pitot-static Tube and Inclined Manometer.
Honors program students used the data from their own measurements to validate their theoretical predictions, in addition to using knowledge learned in class to explain (both qualitatively and quantitatively) what they observed in the experiments. The interaction between these two approaches helped students identify the important flow physics happening in their everyday lives.
Article by Dr. Tao Xing, Mechanical Engineering