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ENGN0030: Introduction to Engineering

Course Objectives

ENGN0030 is intended to give a broad introduction to the engineering discipline to those with little or no previous exposure to the subject, as well as to provide a foundation for further study in engineering.  Topics to be discussed include: (i) an introduction to engineering; (ii) vectors; (iii) optimization; (iv) statics; and  (v) engineering design. The course includes 2 design projects and a measurement lab.


Lead: Karen Haberstroh Karen_Haberstroh@brown.edu  
Iris Bahar  iris_bahar@brown.edu
Kenny Breuer kbreuer@brown.edu
Clyde Briant Clyde_Briant@brown.edu

Pedro Felzenszwalb pff@brown.edu   

We look forward to getting to know you!

Textbook: Engineering Mechanics: Statics, 5th edition,  by A. Bedford and R. Fowler. Prentice Hall.

Course Administrator: Stephanie Gesualdi, BH 7th floor north stephanie_gesualdi@brown.edu

Meeting Times:  This year, the course lectures have been divided into five distinct sections.  The five sections meet at the following times:

S01 Mon, Wed 9 - 10am and Th 9:00 - 10:20am,       Prof. Iris Bahar
S02 Mon, Wed 9 - 10am and Tu 2:30 – 3:50pm         Prof. Pedro Felzenszwalb
*S03 Mon, Wed 9 - 10am and Tu 9:00 - 10:20am      Prof. Karen Haberstroh
S04 Mon, Wed 9 - 10am and Th 2:30 – 3:50pm,        Prof. Kenny Breuer
S05 Mon, Wed 9 - 10am and Th 4:00 – 5:20pm,        Prof. Clyde Briant

Please note that due to size limitations of the classrooms, the sections have a limited enrollment of roughly 50 people.

In addition, the entire class will meet together as a unified community in the “Grand Lecture” every Friday from 9-9:50am in Salomon 001. During this grand lecture, we will invite engineers from various fields to share their experiences with the class.

*Advanced Section: A set of lectures and sections for students with advanced mechanics backgrounds will be offered.  These lectures will be given by Professor Haberstroh, in section 01. The material will be covered at an accelerated pace, leaving room for additional engineering topics.  Students in the advanced group will do the same labs and design projects as those in the regular course, and may work in groups with these students. Eligibility for this advanced section is based on receipt of a 4 or 5 on the physics AP exam in high school, or performance on the following web-based evaluation: You must be on the vpn or on campus to access the quiz, the quiz can only be taken once per student, and it should be completed by the end of the first week of classes.

Teaching Assistants:  We are fortunate to have a dedicated crew of graduate students and upper-class students who are working as teaching assistants in the course. Their office hours are posted on the web. They are happy to help you with all aspects of your engineering studies. They can also help you with other questions about college life, such as juggling varsity athletics and academics. They are also available for individual tutoring,

Examinations:  There will be two exams in this course. Do not miss an exam!

Homework: Problem sets are assigned on Thursdays, and will be due by noon on  the following Thursday.  You can either submit your homework in class, or turn it in to Ms. Stephanie Gesualdi on the north side of the 7th floor of Barus-Holley building. Late homework is not accepted. If you are going to be away for any reason, including religious holidays or athletic event; homework should be turned in before you travel.

Graded homework, labs, exams and design project reports will be returned in file boxes located in front of Stephanie Gesualdi’s workstation on the 7th floor North of Barus-Holley building.  See the web for guidelines on neatness, collaboration and help. We will drop your lowest homework score.

Design Projects:

Design Project 1: Design of an Optimal Beverage Container. Project to be done in groups of 3-4 students. An oral presentation must be given by each group, and one detailed written report per student must be submitted. Details and due dates may be found on the course website.

Design Project 2: Structural design. This project is to be done in groups of 4-5 students. Each group must submit a conceptual, embodiment, and final detailed written report. There will also be one oral report per group, at which time the design (and its features) will be presented. Workshop safety training: All students must complete a mandatory 1 hr workshop safety training exercise before starting construction.  Dates and times are listed on the website.

Late reports are not accepted. If you are going to be away for any reason, including religious holidays or athletic events, you must turn in your report before you travel.

Grade Change Requests

If you find that your grades have been added incorrectly, or you would like a grade on your homework, examination or design project reconsidered, you should :
(i) Prepare a written statement explaining why you think your grade is incorrect;
(ii) Leave your written request, together with the homework/lab/exam in question in the box marked “grade change requests” near Ms. Gesualdi’s desk. on the 7th floor of Barus Holley.

Grade change requests received later than one week after the graded assignment was returned to you will not be considered

Grading:  This class is mandatory S/NC.  To pass the course, you must:

  1. Achieve a score of 60% or greater on your average homework score.  We will not count your lowest homework score in the average.
  2. Achieve a passing grade on both ENGN0030 examinations
  3. Attend at least 75% of the classes.
  4. Receive a grade of 60% or greater on each of the design projects

Students who perform exceptionally well in the class will receive an S*, or a grade of passing with distinction. You can also request a course performance report for a permanent record of your grades.