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Der Wechsel vom Lehren zum aktiven Lernen kann durch studentische Projekte gelingen. Studierende wenden das bisher vermittelte Wissen an und erleben dadurch Ihre eigene Handlungskompetenz während der Bearbeitung einer berufsnahen Aufgabenstellung. Lernziel ist hierbei die Steigerung der Handlungskompetenz, bestehend aus Fach-, Sozial-, Methoden- und Individualkompetenz durch die Aufgabenbearbeitung im Team. Insbesondere wird dabei auch Wert auf die Vermittlung und Erfahrung von Skills, wie z. B. Kooperationsfähigkeit, Kommunikationsverhalten und Arbeitsorganisation gelegt.

Einführungsveranstaltungen in der Mathematik vermitteln Studierenden die Grundlagenbildung, die ihnen das Verständnis weiterführender Veranstaltungen erleichtern soll. In diesem Artikel werden Maßnahmen vorgestellt, mit dem Ziel, durch eine Verbesserung der Qualität der Lehre in der Studieneingangsphase, die allgemeine Studierfähigkeit der Studierenden bezogen auf das Fach Mathematik zu erhöhen. Erste Ergebnisse werden reflektiert. Unter anderem wurde ein Modul „Mathematik I.“ durch eine Mehrzügigkeit der Lehrveranstaltungen, den Einsatz von CATs und die Einführung eines Karteikartensystems verändert.

When it comes to university-level mathematics in engineering education it is getting harder and harder to bridge the gap between the requirements of the curriculum and the actual math skills of first-year students. Often students fail to realise that they lack elementary math skills. Lecturers intend to help them to learn what they have not learned at school. But obstacles like for example lapses in their concentration while working on exercises or playing down their problems can make it difficult to bridge existing gaps.
In order to increase the concentration while solving problems that deal with elementary mathematics students could communicate in a foreign language. By doing so, they have to understand the subject matter in order to talk about it. The Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Science tries to launch a project that examines how dealing with these mathematical problems in a foreign language can support students acquiring fundamental mathematical skill. For this purpose the university is seeking for an international partnership. Via virtual communications students from both universities work in teams in English on mathematical problems. The research question if foreign language teaching can advance the acquisition of knowledge is the focus of interest.

We derive rates of convergence for limit theorems that reveal the intricate structure of the phase transitions in a mean-field version of the Blume-Emery-Griffith model. The theorems consist of scaling limits for the total spin. The model depends on the inverse temperature β and the interaction strength K. The rates of convergence results are obtained as (β,K) converges along appropriate sequences (βn,Kn) to points belonging to various subsets of the phase diagram which include a curve of second-order points and a tricritical point. We apply Stein's method for normal and non-normal approximation avoiding the use of transforms and supplying bounds, such as those of Berry-Esseen quality, on approximation error. We observe an additional phase transition phenomenon in the sense that depending on how fast Kn and βn are converging to points in various subsets of the phase diagram, different rates of convergences to one and the same limiting distribution occur.

We report on the setup and initial discoveries of the Northern High Time Resolution Universe survey for pulsars and fast transients, the first major pulsar survey conducted with the 100-m Effelsberg radio telescope and the first in 20 years to observe the whole northern sky at high radio frequencies. Using a newly developed 7-beam receiver system combined with a state-of-the-art polyphase filterbank, we record an effective bandwidth of 240 MHz in 410 channels centred on 1.36 GHz with a time resolution of 54 μs. Such fine time and frequency resolution increases our sensitivity to millisecond pulsars and fast transients, especially deep inside the Galaxy, where previous surveys have been limited due to intrachannel dispersive smearing. To optimize observing time, the survey is split into three integration regimes dependent on Galactic latitude, with 1500, 180 and 90-s integrations for latitude ranges |b| < 3 ∘.5, |b| < 15° and |b| > 15°, respectively. The survey has so far resulted in the discovery of 15 radio pulsars, including a pulsar with a characteristic age of ∼18 kyr, PSR J2004+3429, and a highly eccentric, binary millisecond pulsar, PSR J1946+3417. All newly discovered pulsars are timed using the 76-m Lovell radio telescope at the Jodrell Bank Observatory and the Effelsberg radio telescope. We present timing solutions for all newly discovered pulsars and discuss potential supernova remnant associations for PSR J2004+3429.

High peak to average power ratio (PAPR) of a transmitted signal is one of the major drawbacks of the complex wavelet packet modulation (CWPM) as usual in any multicarrier communication system. Utilizing the advantage of concentrating the energy to certain subspaces of the discrete wavelet transform, many PAPR reduction techniques are proposed to solve this problem like threshold and clipping methods. In this paper a novel hybrid PAPR reduction method for CWPM called Threshold-Clipping (TC) method has been proposed. The simulation results in Rayleigh multipath fading channel show that the proposed scheme has achieved 4.5 dB and 3 dB reduction in PAPR over the traditional threshold and clipping methods respectively with less than 0.5 dB degradation in bit error probability.

Qualitätsverbesserung und Zeitersparnis bei der Stipendienvergabe durch automatisierten Workflow
(2013)

Energy consumption awareness is an important first step to reduce carbon emissions. While real time fuel consumption indicators in motor vehicles are widespread, the instant energy consumption of buildings is typically unknown. This paper presents a multisensor system for energy consumption awareness in large, existing buildings that offers real time consumption values of all energy types at low-costs and with little installation efforts. The system aims at educating, motivating and supporting the inhabitants to save energy and reduce their carbon footprint. Sensor data fusion is used to enhance measurement quality while keeping costs low.

This paper reports experimental results for the performance of a free space optical (FSO) communication link employing a binary-phase-shift-keying subcarrier modulation (BPSK) scheme under the influence of the atmospheric scintillation. A dedicated experimental atmospheric simulation chamber has been built where the effects of weak turbulence regimes on the FSO link can be investigated. The experimental data obtained is compared to the theoretical prevision. The paper also presents how data transmission performance depends on the position of turbulence source within the chamber.

Für kleinere Unternehmen mit geringen Ressourcen ist die Gestaltung des QM-Systems eine beträchtliche Herausforderung: Welche Methoden und Maßnahmen sind nötig und bestgeeignet, um die Qualitätskosten nachhaltig zu senken? Durch individuelle und ganzheitliche Betrachtung des Unternehmens sowie Einsatz der Kraftfeldanalyse gelang es einem Metallverarbeiter, ein maßgeschneidertes und dauerhaft wirksames QM-System zu implementieren.

Power train models are required to simulate hence predict energy consumption of vehicles. Efficiencies for different components in power train are required. Common procedures use digitalised shell models (or maps) to model the efficiency of Internal Combustion Engines (ICE) and manual gearboxes (MG). Errors are connected with these models and affect the accuracy of the calculation. The accuracy depends on the configuration of the simulation, the digitalisation of the data and the data used. This paper evaluates these sources of error. The understanding of the source of error can improve the results of the modelling by more than eight percent.

During recent years different types of millimetre-wave and terahertz-scanners have been developed, as well radar-based as passive radiometers. Mainly body scanners were in the focus of research. Although luggage and parcels are sufficiently inspected using X-ray techniques, the use of millimetre wave technology also for this application offers some advantages. Among them are easy deployment at any place, due to compact geometry, possible miniaturization of sensors and stand-off operation without any radiation hazard. Also the better contrast of dielectric material including explosives are of considerable advantage, not to neglect, that scanning is possible while the owner keeps the luggage in his hands. This allows tracking a piece of luggage together with its owner without losing their mutual relation. To allow a fast scanning, an array solution is investigated using state-of the art devices at the 80-GHz band.

Radio pulsars in relativistic binary systems are unique tools to study the curved space-time around massive compact objects. The discovery of a pulsar closely orbiting the super-massive black hole at the centre of our Galaxy, Sgr A⋆, would provide a superb test-bed for gravitational physics. To date, the absence of any radio pulsar discoveries within a few arc minutes of Sgr A⋆ has been explained by one principal factor: extreme scattering of radio waves caused by inhomogeneities in the ionized component of the interstellar medium in the central 100 pc around Sgr A⋆. Scattering, which causes temporal broadening of pulses, can only be mitigated by observing at higher frequencies. Here we describe recent searches of the Galactic centre region performed at a frequency of 18.95 GHz with the Effelsberg radio telescope.

The simulation of fluid flows is of importance to many fields of application, especially in industry and infrastructure. The modelling equations applied describe a coupled system of non-linear, hyperbolic partial differential equations given by one-dimensional shallow water equations that enable the consistent implementation of free surface flows in open channels as well as pressurised flows in closed pipes. The numerical realisation of these equations is complicated and challenging to date due to their characteristic properties that are able to cause discontinuous solutions.

Cost efficient energy monitoring in existing large buildings demands for autonomous indoor sensors with low power consumption, high performance in multipath fading channels and economic implementation. Good performance in multipath fading channels can be achieved with noncoherent chaotic modulation schemes such as chaos on-off keying (COOK) or differential chaos shift keying (DCSK). While COOK stands out in the area of power consumption, DCSK excels when it comes to its performance in noisy and multipath fading channels. This paper evaluates a combination of both schemes for autonomous indoor sensors. The simulation results show 50% less power consumption than DCSK and more than 3dB SNR gain in Rayleigh fading channels at BER=10-3 as compared to COOK, making it a promising candidate for low power transmission in autonomous wireless indoor sensors. We further present an enhanced version of this scheme showing another 1 dB SNR improvement, but at 25% less power consumption than DCSK.

Earth’s nearest candidate supermassive black hole lies at the centre of the Milky Way1. Its electromagnetic emission is thought to be powered by radiatively inefficient accretion of gas from its environment2, which is a standard mode of energy supply for most galactic nuclei. X-ray measurements have already resolved a tenuous hot gas component from which the black hole can be fed3. The magnetization of the gas, however, which is a crucial parameter determining the structure of the accretion flow, remains unknown. Strong magnetic fields can influence the dynamics of accretion, remove angular momentum from the infalling gas4, expel matter through relativistic jets5 and lead to synchrotron emission such as that previously observed6, 7, 8. Here we report multi-frequency radio measurements of a newly discovered pulsar close to the Galactic Centre9, 10, 11, 12 and show that the pulsar’s unusually large Faraday rotation (the rotation of the plane of polarization of the emission in the presence of an external magnetic field) indicates that there is a dynamically important magnetic field near the black hole. If this field is accreted down to the event horizon it provides enough magnetic flux to explain the observed emission—from radio to X-ray wavelengths—from the black hole.