NOTE: All requirements except for the essay assignments and the
final exam will be carried out in groups.
Perform and write reports for approximately 10 laboratory experiments.
These experiments are a mix of real experiments and computer simulations.
A sample lab report is available.
Reading and Essay Assignments:
- Read Ferguson, Eugene, Engineering and the
Mind's Eye, MIT Press, paperback, $12.95. In many universities
engineering curricula emphasize the theoretical aspects of the discipline
- science, analysis, mathematical description, and computer simulation.
But Ferguson in his book
thinks that such curricula miss the real essence of engineering. Write
a 3-5 page essay addressing the following questions; What does Ferguson
emphasize in relation to the four areas mentioned above? Given Ferguson's
perspective, what do you think an introductory course in engineering should
contain in terms of content and philosophy?
- Write a 3-5 page research essay on an emerging
technology. This essay should cover the following points and should be
based on at least two non-Web references:
A list of possible topics will be provided. Students may chose their
own topic with permission from the instructor.
- overview of the problem/application
- technological challenges
- review of current technology
- discussion of emerging technology
- technology hope for the future
Oral presentation (group):
Design and present a solution to a given engineering problem.
Presentations and solutions will be judged in competition with
Spaghetti/aluminum bridge/dome project
Design and construct a load-carrying bridge or dome made from
spaghetti or aluminum and epoxy. Structures will be tested for load capacity
in public (TBA). (This project takes
approximately three weeks to complete.)
There will be a final examination at the end of the course.
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