Undergraduate students' involvement in a research project at Iowa State University is reported. The project used computer graphics as a tool to investigate the shape of the potential energy surfaces for a multimachine power system. The overall research project is concerned with the application of the transient energy function (TEF) method in direct transient stability analysis of power systems. The computer graphics used in the undergraduate project are associated with some sophomore-junior level courses. The students generated information concerning the shape of a function of n variables. The problem was made easier by plotting the potential energy with respect to two variables at a time, providing a three-dimensional projection of an (n plus 1) dimensional surface.
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- Electrical and Electronic Engineering