Mar 22, 2023  
2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ME 190 - Computer Applications in Engineering I

2 lecture hours 2 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the modern computer tools required for engineering practice, and teach them how to apply these tools to solve practical engineering problems. Topics include problem formulation, model development, algorithm development, and the use of numerical methods and computer graphics in the solution of engineering problems. Laboratory exercises will involve the use of various numerical and graphical software packages. (prereq: MA 127  or equivalent)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Have learned to apply problem-solving skills to engineering problems
  • Have learned how to present formal solutions to engineering problems
  • Have learned a variety of computer tools, and understand how they can be applied to mechanical and industrial engineering problems

Prerequisites by Topic
  • College Trigonometry and Algebra

Course Topics
  • Problem Solving Methodologies, Introduction to Matlab (1 class)
  • Simple and symbolic operations (3 classes)
  • Working with Arrays, Plotting (2 classes)
  • Programming - Loops (3 classes)
  • Programming - Logic (2 classes)
  • Solving Equations - Matlab (2 classes)
  • Numerical Integration - Matlab (2 classes)
  • Matrix Methods - Matlab (1 class)
  • Optimization - Excel (2 classes)
  • Testing and Review

Laboratory Topics
  • Problem Solving with Matlab
  • Plotting data
  • Roots of Equations
  • Numerical Integration
  • Solution of Simultaneous Equations
  • Optimization

William Farrow

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