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Revista Científica General José María Córdova

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CAMACHO-TAUTA, Javier Fernando  and  POSSO-AREVALO, Orlando Germán. A Conceptual Framework for Designing a Computer Simulation Tool Applied to the Teaching of Soil Mechanics in Civil Engineering. Rev. Cient. Gen. José María Córdova [online]. 2012, vol.10, n.10, pp.287-301. ISSN 1900-6586.

The advent of computers allowed innovation in learning strategies in different fields of knowledge. Computer simulation is one of these strategies, especially useful in areas in which, as opposed to direct experience in field or laboratory, means lower cost, reduction of physical risk or time savings. A computer simulation tool must meet the minimum design parameters that would facilitate the compliance with the proposed educational objectives. This paper presents the conceptual framework necessary for the proper design of a computer simulation tool, and develops the elements of a mathematical model used to reproduce the physical-mechanical behavior of a soil mass applicable to the civil engineering context

Keywords : Computer simulation; self-learning; scientific model; soil mechanics; civil engineering.

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