Form and Function Concentration & Electives

Applied Engineering Physics I
Level: Manager
Length: Semester
Credit: 1

Engineers use their fundamental knowledge in science and mathematics to design solutions to problems that impact society. Applied Engineering Physics I is the first of three courses designed help students understand the direct correlation between physics and engineering by applying fundamental principles to the design and fabrication of mechanisms that solve specific challenges. Using the material science knowledge and fabrication techniques learned in Introduction to Engineering in conjunction with elementary lectures on topics not limited to kinematics, dynamics, linear momentum, oscillations, and energy, student groups perform design calculations and create original projects such as a catapult and a musical instrument. The use of pre-made kits and “click together” parts is prohibited as all projects are original and created with common building materials.

Applied Engineering Physics II
Level: Final Manager
Length: Semester
Credit: 1

Using the same approach taken in its pre-requisite, Applied Engineering Physics II continues with the “Physics meets shop” philosophy to engineering and science education. Students are expected to again utilize their design and fabrication skills to create original open-ended projects that solve a problem or fulfill a need.  Lectures in heat and temperature, thermodynamics, fluids, fluid dynamics, and optics compliment projects including but not limited to hydraulic arms and heat-engine powered boats. Group presentations are given by the students at the conclusion of each project to highlight its functions and unique features. Topics in modern physics including blackbody radiation, fission, and fusion are also introduced and studied.

Digital Electronics
Level: Manager/Executive
Length: Semester
Credit: 1

DE is a semester-long course that covers the fundamentals of digital electronics. Topics covered include the operation of logic gates, Boolean algebra, circuit design, and microprocessors. Students will learn theory of digital electronics, simulate their activities on circuit design software, and then create working models of their circuits with the use of breadboard trainers. Students will also learn to program a robot to run autonomously. This is the third class in the Form & Function Concentration.

Engineering for All
Level: Manager/Executive
Length: Quarter
Credit: .5

Engineering for All is a quarter length elective course aligned with the Form and Function concentration. It is intended for students that wish to learn basic skills engineers use in the field including design, analysis, and fabrication.  In addition to lessons in technical drawing, students will employ the engineering design process to build a mouse trap powered car that will be used in a competition between classmates.

Introduction to Engineering Design
Level: Manager
Length: Semester
Credit: 1

IED is a semester-long introductory course that develops students’ problem-solving and critical-thinking skills and emphasizes the concepts of developing three-dimensional models and solid renderings of an object. In addition to general information about engineering including the history, various disciplines, and ethics, students focus on the application of visualization processes and tools provided by current, state-of-the-art computer hardware and software programs. IED emphasizes the design-development process of a product and how a product model is produced, analyzed, and evaluated, using a Computer-Aided Design (CAD) System. Various design applications and possible career opportunities are explored and discussed in detail. This is the first class taken in the Form & Function Concentration.*

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