Principles of Engineering
Course outline and study materials provided below.
5. Energy, heat, temperature
Reading: Ch. 5 up through 'Thermodynamics'
Lab: Thermo lab
6. Energy sources: renewable and traditional
Reading: Ch. 5 from 'Renewable Energy Sources' to the end
Lab: Alternative Energy lab
7. DC Circuits I: Voltage, current, resistance, Ohms law
Reading: Ch. 6 up through 'Common Electrical Components'
Lab: Resistor lab
8. DC circuits II: The power equations, parallel circuits
Reading: Ch. 6 from 'Electrical Circuits' to the end
Lab: Build & test batteries
9. Fluid power systems: hydraulics, pneumatics
Reading: Ch. 7
Lab: Hydraulics lab
Reading: Ch. 9
Lab: Polymers lab
11. Material properties I
Reading: Ch. 10 (up to, but not including, "Flexure Testing")
Lab: Tensile Testing lab
12. Material Properties II
Reading: Ch. 10 (From "Flexure Testing" to the end)
Lab: Beam Deflection lab
Beam deflection homework
Read the instructions first, then do the problems.
13. Introduction to Statics
Reading: Ch. 12 up through 'Free Body Diagrams'
Lab: Moment Forces lab
14. Force Vectors
Reading: Ch. 12 the 'Simple Beams' section
Lab: Vectors lab
Correction: In the video below at 12.00-14.00 I give 'hints' for Fbx and Fby. They should be reversed.
15. Beams & trusses
Reading: Ch. 12 from 'Structural Analysis of Trusses' to the end
Lab: West Point Virtual Bridge Designer
West Point Virtual Bridge Designer homework
"Design a steel truss highway bridge to carry a two-lane highway across a deep river valley, at the least possible cost." (100 points possible)
Truss Design with MD Solids homework
16. Velocity and acceleration
Reading: Ch. 13
Lab: Acceleration lab
17. Projectile motion
Reading: Ch. 13 (re-read as needed)
18. Measurement & statistics
Reading: Ch. 14
Final class presentations
Final class presentations
Choose an engineering topic of interest to you, and prepare a 10-12 minute presentation using PowerPoint, Prezi, Keynote, Google Slides, or other presentation software. Use bullet points and plenty of illustrations, diagrams, charts, etc. The presentations will take place at the final class.
Ideas: you could talk about unique machines, devices, or processes; bridges, buildings, or other large structures; alternative energy such as wind, solar, wave, and so forth; advances in nuclear power; well-known engineering disasters and how they happened; things made of modern materials such as polymers, carbon fiber, lightweight metals; electric/hybrid cars; reusable rockets and space exploration; you could research a particular engineering career; and many other ideas.
Advice: don't just read from your slides - use bullet points and if necessary, read from a cheat sheet or cards. PowerPoint presentations work really well with lots of interesting (and applicable) pictures, short video segments, graphs/charts, and so on.
2019 class will not have a take home final.