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Formación universitaria

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VALDERRAMA, Alvaro J  e  VALDERRAMA, José O. Guided Semester Work: a Good Complement for Studying and Learning in Courses of Science and Engineering. Form. Univ. [online]. 2014, vol.7, n.3, pp.3-10. ISSN 0718-5006.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-50062014000300002.

The development of a guided semester work as a complement for studying and learning in courses of science and engineering is explained. The advantages of this type of semester work are discussed and an example is presented of a semester work given to engineering students in a course in physics. Then the article describes step by step the development of the project and the results. The specific case is the study of the movement of a flying disc, known as Frisbee, and the influence of different variables on the trajectory of the disc when is thrown through the air. The article establishes that the project is a motivating work as a learning tool, besides other aspects of especial importance for the formation of the future professional. From the student's point of view the project shows to be entertaining and challenging, since the students themselves set the scope of the work. The concepts given in this work could be also applicable to other courses of science and engineering.

Palavras-chave : guided semester work; studying and learning; physics studies; frisbee.

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