This object is an online version of a FE Review. It is a site where topics for the Fundamentals in Engineering Exam(Morning Session) are available for self-paced reviews by Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Environmental, Industrial, Mechanical,and Other/General Engineering majors. However, the specific topics (Afternoon Session) are currently available for reviews in the Chemical, Electrical,Industrial, and Mechanical Engineering modules. Missing are the Civil, Environmental, and Other/General Engineering modules.
Type of Material:
Topics in the fundamentals of engineering.
Primarily preparation for the FE exam by engineering seniors. It can also be used by lower level students to enhance their basic understanding of engineering fundamentals.
Reviewer's system is a PC with WinXP Pro.
It would appear that the software was written to be fully compatible with IE because it works well in IE with no glitches. However, it does not work well in Firefox 1.0.7 or Mozilla 1.7.11. It was not tested in Netscape.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
This website will help senior students prepare for the FE Exams. In addition, students at lower levels can also benefit from this website by using the basic materials as additional learning resources to enhance their understanding of various topics.
Target Student Population:
It is mainly targetted at university engineering seniors but other audiences who have an interest in enhancing their learned fundamentals can also benefit from the contents of this website.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Completion of at least the first three-and-a-half years of the appropriate engineering program curriculum.
It covers all the fundamental topics in the FE Exam. It has a reasonable number of examples and problems for users to study and practice. The practice exams allow a user to generate up to 60 questions. And it includes a timer which is a nice feature.
Accuracy of the examples and problems provided is a concern. The examples and problems need to be checked thoroughly for mistakes and typographical errors. For instance, a number of mistakes were encountered in the Dynamics area alone, the reviewer's primary area of interest.
So, at present, it is an unknown whether there are any mistakes in the other topics.
The following are a sample of the errors found in Dynamics area:
Under Fundamentals-Morning/Dynamics/Kinematics of Particles/Problems: Problem 1: Data used in solution is not the same as in the problem statement Problem 6: Problem statement asks for acceleration but multiple choice answers are given as lengths. However, solution shows the correct answer.
Under Specific - Afternoon/Mechanical/Dynamics & Kinematics/Examples: Example 1: Diagram shows 20 m distance but problem statement says 8 ft from ball machine Example 2: Multiplication error - 150*9.81=1471.5 and not 147.15. The reviewer has noticed that this seems to be a common occurrence in the solutions that were examined, i.e., often off by a factor of 10.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The potential is there for use as an additional resource tool where students can use the material as a supplement to test their knowledge in certan topics. This will be useful only if the website can provide new questions on a regular basis. A very effective site for anyone intersted in engineering and courses in engineering.
With the presence of mistakes, it will not be an effective tool. It may frustrate the user and the website may lose respect of the user.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
It is easy to navigate through each topics as well as basic, examples, and problems. Clicking on the right answer reveals the solution is nice.
It works fine in Internet Explorer. But there are instances when the Back button is used, certain pages may show up as blank. By clicking on the Back button twice more, will the appropriate page be shown.
It does not work well in Mozilla 1.7.11 or Firefox 1.0.7. Some links are not accessible. In some instances, the Back button has no effect.
This website was not tested in Netscape. The reviewer does not have Netscape installed.
Other Issues and Comments:
Under Practice Exams/Generate Exams:
There is a flaw in the software. By selecting Afternoon Exam (Mechanical) and select Total Problems to be 60, it will show only one question repeated 60 times.
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