Intuitive explanations of basic engineering-related mathematical concepts
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Current students learn differently: many instructors observe less textbook-reliance and more dependence on web-based explanations, short videos, animations, and demonstrations. When it comes to concept comprehension, students repeatedly miss the Aha! Moment, and ask for more hands-on, experiential, visual, intuitive, fun (e.g., game-based), and tech-based information. Clearly, basic concepts should be introduced in easy-to-comprehend, visual, and intuitive ways. This is most relevant in math courses that are usually taught with little or no connection to other disciplines, and in particular engineering. This paper focuses on introducing basic math concepts by linking them to daily experiences using relevant analogy-based examples, to be introduced prior to delving into purely mathematical explanations and proofs. The paper uses tangible examples for visualizing some concepts in algebra and set theory, as well as for visual interpretation of large and small numbers.