It is argued that preparing good engineers to the present day challenging industry should involve the extension of homework problems to include realistic complications of nonlinearity and extensive use of the available computing facilities. This point of view has been illustrated through a simple Faraday's law problem of an electromechanical system that exhibits nonlinear effects if the resistance of the rails is taken into account. The procedure that is employed in this paper to solve the nonlinear equation is simple enough to be introduced at an undergraduate level for the engineering students


Author's manuscript; orignially published in IEEE Transactions on Education, Vol. E-18, No. 3, pp. 159-161, August 1975.


Faraday's law, nonlinearity, undergraduate college students

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Engineering students, Electromechanical devices


Electrical and Computer Engineering | Engineering Education



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