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2016 - April - Aitken - What they didn't tell you at University - or did they? 2016 - April - Aitken - What they didn't tell you at University - or did they?

John Aitken BE SMIEEE MIRSE

Aitken & Partners

 

Simplifying assumptions are a key to understanding many problems and can be very helpful. Thin, inextensible strings and ideal capacitors make for simple analysis but neither is available for purchase, so their practical usefulness is limited.
Sometimes, simplifying assumptions conceal an underlying problem or distort our understanding. This tutorial paper discusses some situations where assumptions may lead to undesirable outcomes and provides some gentle reminders to exercise caution and be thorough in design, implementation and testing.

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