Thinking like an engineer (1st ed )

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Language: Anglais
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THINKING LIKE AN ENGINEER: AN ACTIVE LEARNING APPROACH is specifically designed to utilize an active learning environment for first year engineering courses.

* In-class activities include collaborative problem-solving, computer-based activities, and hands-on experiments, encouraging guided inquiry.

* Homework assignments and review sections reinforce and expand on the activities.

* Content can be customized to match the topic organization in your course syllabi.

PREFACE ix

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS xvii

PART 1

ENGINEERING ESSENTIALS 1

CHAPTER 1 - EVERYDAY ENGINEERING 5

1.1 CHOOSING A CAREER 5

1.2 CHOOSING ENGINEERING AS A CAREER 6

1.3 CHOOSING A SPECIFIC ENGINEERING FIELD 8

1.4 GATHERING INFORMATION 16

1.5 PURSUING STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES 18

CHAPTER 2 - ETHICS 28

2.1 ETHICAL DECISION-MAKING 29

2.2 ENGINEERING CREED 34

IN-CLASS ACTIVITIES 36

CHAPTER 3 - DESIGN AND TEAMWORK 43

3.1 THE DESIGN PROCESS 43

3.2 BRAINSTORMING IN THE DESIGN PROCESS 45

3.3 EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: PERIOD ANALYSIS 46

3.4 PROJECT TIMELINE 48

3.5 CRITERIA AND EVALUATION 50

3.6 WORKING IN TEAMS 55

IN-CLASS ACTIVITIES 58

CHAPTER 4 - ENGINEERING COMMUNICATION 63

4.1 BASIC PRESENTATION SKILLS 64

4.2 SAMPLE PRESENTATIONS 66

4.3 BASIC TECHNICAL WRITING SKILLS 69

4.4 COMMON TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION FORMATS 72

IN-CLASS ACTIVITIES 79

ENGINEERING ESSENTIALS REVIEW 89

PART 2

PROBLEM PARADIGMS 97

CHAPTER 5 - ESTIMATION 101

5.1 GENERAL HINTS FOR ESTIMATION 104

5.2 SIGNIFICANT FIGURES 105

5.3 REASONABLENESS 109

5.4 NOTATION 113

IN-CLASS ACTIVITIES 116

CHAPTER 6 - SOLVEM 119

6.1 DEFINING SOLVEM 119

6.2 REPRESENTING FINAL RESULTS 125

6.3 AVOIDING COMMON MISTAKES 125

IN-CLASS ACTIVITIES 129

CHAPTER 7 - GRAPHING GUIDELINES 132

7.1 GRAPHING TERMINOLOGY 132

7.2 PROPER PLOTS 133

7.3 GRAPH INTERPRETATION 140

7.4 MEANING OF THE LINE SHAPES 143

7.5 GRAPHICAL SOLUTIONS 149

IN-CLASS ACTIVITIES 153

CHAPTER 8 - INTERPOLATION 165

8.1 SINGLE INTERPOLATION 166

8.2 COMPLEX INTERPOLATION 169

IN-CLASS ACTIVITIES 172

CHAPTER 9 - STATISTICS 176

9.1 HISTOGRAMS 177

9.2 STATISTICAL BEHAVIOR 180

9.3 DISTRIBUTIONS 183

9.4 CUMULATIVE DISTRIBUTION FUNCTIONS 190

9.5 STATISTICAL PROCESS CONTROL (SPC) 192

IN-CLASS ACTIVITIES 200

PROBLEM PARADIGMS REVIEW 206

PART 3

UBIQUITOUS UNITS 223

CHAPTER 10 - FUNDAMENTAL DIMENSIONS AND BASE UNITS 235

10.1 THE METRIC SYSTEM 236

10.2 OTHER UNIT SYSTEMS 239

10.3 CONVERSION PROCEDURE FOR UNITS 239

10.4 CONVERSIONS INVOLVING MULTIPLE STEPS 242

10.5 CONVERSIONS INVOLVING 'NEW' UNITS 247

10.6 DERIVED DIMENSIONS AND UNITS 248

10.7 EQUATION LAWS 250

10.8 CONVERSION INVOLVING EQUATIONS 253

IN-CLASS ACTIVITIES 256

CHAPTER 11- UNIVERSAL UNITS 261

11.1 FORCE 261

11.2 WEIGHT 263

11.3 DENSITY 264

11.4 AMOUNT 269

11.5 TEMPERATURE 272

11.6 PRESSURE 275

11.7 GAS PRESSURE 280

11.8 ENERGY 282

11.9 POWER 286

11.10 EFFICIENCY 287

IN-CLASS ACTIVITIES 293

CHAPTER 12 - DIMENSIONLESS NUMBERS 302

12.1 COMMON DIMENSIONLESS NUMBERS 302

12.2 DI