THE APPLICATION OF MAPLE V IN LEARNING ACTIVITIES FOR COURSES IN TRANSPORT PHENOMENA
AbstractCourses on Transport Phenomena (Fluid Flow, Heat Transfer and Mass Transfer) are taught at thejunior level in the engineering curricula. These courses require the use of mathematical-oriented skills,in particular the application of methods for solving differential equations, in the context of an appliedproblem. To aid in the learning process, we are developing a series of activities based on the Maple VR4 software package — a language for symbolic mathe-matical calculation. Each activity is based on aMaple V R4 worksheet, accompanied by a handout. The worksheet must be completed by the studentsas an extra-class activity. The handout is divided in two parts: i) a brief descrip-tion of the problem,where the objective of the exercise is clearly defined; and ii) instructions on how to complete theworksheet, followed by questions that can only be answered after the worksheet has been successfullycom-pleted.