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Introduction to Engineering : Modeling and Problem Solving - Jay Brockman

Introduction to Engineering

Modeling and Problem Solving

Hardcover Published: 10th April 2008
ISBN: 9780471431602
Number Of Pages: 620

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In this groundbreaking new text, Jay Brockman helps students acquire the engineering mindset, providing them with the core knowledge and skills all engineers need to succeed. Through clear explanations and real-world examples--like how to provide water for rural communities in developing nations--"Introduction to Engineering" teaches students to see the world through the eyes of an engineer, looking at how engineers apply science and technology to solve problems facing society today.

Part I: THE ENGINEERING MINDSET.

1 Engineering and Society.

1.1 Introduction.

1.2 The Engineering Method.

1.3 Networks and Systems.

1.4 Engineering Disciplines and Majors.

1.5 Engineering and Computing.

Problems.

2 Organization and Representation of Engineering Systems.

2.1 WhatWe Think About HowWe Think.

2.2 Concept Maps.

2.3 Representation and Design.

2.4 Example:Water Supply for Rural Communities in Developing Nations.

Problems.

3 Learning and Problem Solving.

3.1 Introduction.

3.2 Expertise and The Learning Process.

3.3 What Do You Know? Levels of Understanding.

3.4 Getting Good Results from Your Learning Efforts.

3.5 A Framework for Problem Solving.

3.6 How Much CO Does a Typical Passenger Car Produce?

3.7 Planning Larger Projects.

3.8 Heuristics.

Problems.

Part II MODEL-BASED DESIGN.

4 Laws of Nature and Theoretical Models.

4.1 Engineering Models.

4.2 Evolution of Theory.

4.3 Models of Motion.

4.4 Modeling the ?Spring of Air?.

4.5 The Birth of the Piston Engine.

4.6 The Science of Thermodynamics.

4.7 Conservation of Mass.

4.8 Analysis Example: The Internal Combustion Engine.

4.9 Design Example: The Handpump.

Problems.

5 Data Analysis and Empirical Models.

5.1 Introduction.

5.2 Theory and Data.

5.3 Empirical Models.

5.4 Using Statistics to Quantify Uncertainty.

5.5 Trade Studies: Evaluating Tradeoffs Between Design Variables.

Problems.

6 Modeling Interrelationships in Systems: Lightweight Structures.

6.1 Introduction.

6.2 The Statics Perspective.

6.3 The Materials Perspective.

6.4 Putting It All Together.

6.5 Example: A Trade Study of Strength versus Weight in a Truss.

Problems.

7 Modeling Interrelationships in Systems: Digital Electronic Circuits.

7.1 Introduction.

7.2 Computing Machines.

7.3 Digital Circuits from the Symbolic and Logical Perspective.

7.4 Digital Circuits from the Electronics Perspective.

7.5 Putting It All Together: Design of an Inverter.

Problems.

8 Modeling Change in Systems.

8.1 Introduction.

8.2 Predicting the Future: Accumulation of Change.

8.3 Launching a Softball.

8.4 Running Out of Gas.

Problems.

Part III PROBLEM SOLVING WITH MATLAB.

9 Getting Started with MATLAB.

9.1 Your First MATLAB Session.

9.2 Examples.

Problems.

10 Vector Operations in MATLAB.

10.1 Introduction.

10.2 Basic Operations.

10.3 Simple Two-Dimensional Plots and Graphs.

10.4 Statistics.

Problems.

11 Matrix Operations in MATLAB.

11.1 Basic Operations.

11.2 Parameter Sweeps Over Two Variables.

11.3 Plotting 3-Dimensional Data.

11.4 Matrix Arithmetic.

11.5 Solving Systems of Linear Equations.

Problems.

12 Introduction to Algorithms and Programming In MATLAB.

12.1 Algorithms, Flow Charts, and Pseudocode.

12.2 MATLAB Functions.

12.3 Conditional Selection Statements.

12.4 Loops or Repetition Statements.

12.5 Examples of Functions, Conditionals, and Loops.

12.6 Accumulation of Change.

Problems.

Appendix A Problem Solving Process.

Appendix B Bloom?s Taxonomy: Levels of Understanding.

Appendix C Engineering Societies and Professional Organizations.

Appendix D Systems of Units.

D.1 The SI System.

D.2 Non-SI Units and Conversion Factors.

Bibliography.

Index.

ISBN: 9780471431602
ISBN-10: 0471431605
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 620
Published: 10th April 2008
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 26.1 x 20.9  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 1.29
Edition Number: 1

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