Prince George's Community College: EGR 1010: Introductory Engineering

Course Description:

This course introduces the student to the theory and practice of engineering. The course has four main parts. Each part will cover important aspects of engineering giving the student a full picture of the career they are about to embark upon. The first part will help the student understand what an engineer is and what type of work they would be expected to perform in society. Included in this will be discussions of ethics and group dynamics. The second part will deal with higher level engineering concepts. This will be developed in an application area such as a research laboratory giving students exposure to professional practices common in all engineering disciplines. A number of professional papers will be reviewed leading to a creation of a hypothetical laboratory emphasizing the interaction common to all engineering disciplines. The third part will cover fundamental aspects of engineering including drawing, modeling, problem solving, design, and laboratory experimentation. Basic computer skills will be developed using MATLAB, Fortran, C, or similar high level computer language. Finally a team project will constitute the fourth part. The teams will be expected to develop a product using a number of engineering and software skills.

Team work along with communication skills (oral, written, and graphical) are exercised throughout the course.

Corequisite: EGR 1140 completed or concurrent, MAT 2410 completed or concurrent, EGL 1010 completed or concurrent
Credits: 2 class/3 lab hrs. (3 credits)


Required Books:
Pocket Book for Technical Writing for Engineers and Scientists 3rd Edition.  Finkelstein, Leo.  McGraw-Hill (2007).
Engineering Formula 8th Edition.  Gieck, Kurk and Gieck, Reiner.  McGraw-Hill (2006).
Nanotechnology for Dummies 2nd Edition.  Boysen, Earl and Nancy, Muir.  Wiley Publishing, Inc. (2011).
Recommended books:
Getting Started with MATLAB: A Quick Introduction for Scientists and Engineers.   Pratap, Rudra.  Oxford University Press (2009).
Helpful/Interesting books:
To Engineer is Human: The Role of Failure in Successful Design, Henry Petroski, Vintage Books (1992).
The Evolution of Useful Things, Henry Petroski, Vintage Books (1994). -- This book is the one that talks about the engineering of a paper clip
Invention by Design:  How Engineers Get from Thought to Thing, Henry Petroski, Harvard University Press (1996).
Pushing the Limits: New Adventures in Engineering, Henry Petroski, Vintage Books (2004). -- This book has an interesting chapter on the Wilson Bridge
The Toothpick: Technology and Culture, Henry Petroski, Vintage Books (2007). -- Over 300 pages on the toothpick...more then you might expect!

More to be added.

Some of the material in class (draft state)

How to use CAD (this is old; take a look at Google SketchUp below):

Octave/MATLAB Information

Useful Software:

Useful Links (or interesting links):