Teaching Civil Engineering Using Spreadsheets

by Ronald L. Rossmiller, Iowa State Univ, Dep of Civil, Engineering, Ames, IA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulics and Hydrology in the Small Computer Age


The use of microcomputers is becoming more and more prevalent in both large and small design offices as their cost continues to decrease, as their capabilities increase, and as more software becomes available. One type of software, spreadsheets, has the potential to have a large impact on the modeling of several civil engineering subjects, both in the design office and in the teaching of civil engineering itself. The reasons for this are discussed and examples are used to illustrate the variety of hydrologic and hydraulic problems that can be modeled and taught using spreadsheets.

Subject Headings: Engineering education | Spreadsheets | Hydrologic models | Hydraulics | Hydrology | Hydraulic models | Hydraulic design | Education

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