Graduation Year


Document Type




Degree Granting Department

Chemical Engineering

Major Professor

Venkat R. Bhethanabotla, Ph.D.

Co-Major Professor

Co-Major Professor: Babu Joseph, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Scott W. Campbell, Ph.D.


Problem solving, Instructional tool, Perl, Matlab, Javascript


This thesis presents the design, creation, and testing of a web-based tool for generating interactive web-based problem set assignments. In prior research (Stetka, 2001) it was shown that students enjoyed interactive problems. In this research, multiple programming languages were used to provide a web-based, fully interactive, problem solving environment for the students. Sample problem sets were written by the author and a few chemical engineering students.

These web pages were then used as a basis to test the effectiveness of the webbased interactive problem sets for two engineering courses. Initial findings are presented illustrating the student’s results along with results of student feedback surveys. Additionally, an analysis of the feedback from the two levels of users, students and instructors are reported and some suggestions for further development are given.