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## Table of Contents

**Part 1**

**Engineering Essentials **

**Engineering is an . . . Itch!**

**Chapter 1**

Everyday Engineering

1.1 Choosing a Career

1.2 Choosing Engineering as a Career

1.3 NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering

1.4 Choosing a Specific Engineering Field

1.5 Engineering Technology–A Related Field

1.6 Gathering Information

1.7 Pursuing Student Opportunities

Review Questions

**Chapter 2**

Ethics

2.1 Ethical Decision Making

2.2 Plagiarism

2.3 Engineering Creed

2.4 Social Responsibility

In-Class Activities

Review Questions

**Chapter 3**

Design, Teamwork, and Project Management

3.1 Design Processes

3.2 Defining the Problem or Need

3.3 Criteria: Defining What Is Important

3.4 Generating Ideas

3.5 Comparing Designs and Making Decisions

3.6 Prototyping and Testing

3.7 Sustainability–A Special Design Criterion

3.8 Working in Teams

3.9 Experimental Design: PERIOD Analysis

3.10 Project Timeline

3.11 Modern Project Management

In-Class Activities

Review Questions

Mini Design Projects

**Chapter 4**

Engineering Communication

4.1 Basic Presentation Skills

4.2 Sample Presentations

4.3 Basic Technical Writing Skills

4.4 Common Technical Communication Formats

In-Class Activities

Review Questions

**Chapter 5**

Estimation

5.1 General Hints for Estimation

5.2 Estimation by Analogy

5.3 Estimation by Aggregation

5.4 Estimation by Upper and Lower Bounds

5.5 Estimation Using Modeling

5.6 Significant Figures

5.7 Reasonableness

5.8 Notation

In-Class Activities

Review Questions

**Chapter 6**

Solving Problems

6.1 Problem Types

6.2 SOLVEM–One Approach to Solving Problems

6.3 Representing Final Results

6.4 Avoiding Common Mistakes

6.5 Examples of SOLVEM

Review Questions

Part 2

Ubiquitous Units

**Chapter 7**

Fundamental Dimensions and Base Units

7.1 The Metric System

7.2 Other Unit Systems

7.3 Conversion Procedure for Units

7.4 Conversions Involving Multiple Steps

7.5 Conversions Involving “New” Units

7.6 Derived Dimensions and Units

7.7 Equation Laws

7.8 Conversion Involving Equations

In-Class Activities

Review Questions

**Chapter 8**

Universal Units

8.1 Force

8.2 Weight

8.3 Density

8.4 Amount

8.5 Temperature

8.6 Pressure

8.7 Gas Pressure

8.8 Energy

8.9 Power

8.10 Efficiency

8.11 Electrical Concepts

In-Class Activities

Review Questions

**Chapter 9**

Dimensionless Numbers

9.1 Constants with Units

9.2 Common Dimensionless Numbers

9.3 Dimensional Analysis

9.4 Rayleigh’s Method

In-Class Activities

Review Questions

**Part 3**

**Scrupulous Worksheets **

**Chapter 10**

Excel Workbooks

10.1 Cell References

10.2 Functions in Excel

10.3 Logic and Conditionals

10.4 Lookup and Data Validation

10.5 Conditional Formatting

10.6 Sorting and Filters

In-Class Activities

Review Questions

**Chapter 11**

Graphical Solutions

11.1 Graphing Terminology

11.2 Proper Plots

11.3 Available Graph Types in Excel

11.4 Graph Interpretation

11.5 Meaning of Line Shapes

11.6 Graphical Solutions

In-Class Activities

Review Questions

**Chapter 12**

Models and Systems

12.1 Proper Plot Rules for Trendlines

12.2 Linear Functions

12.3 Linear Relationships

12.4 Combinations of Linear Relationships

12.5 Power Functions

12.6 Exponential Functions

In-Class Activities

Review Questions

**Chapter 13**

Mathematical Models

13.1 Selecting a Trendline Type

13.2 Interpreting Logarithmic Graphs

13.3 Proper Plot Rules for Log Plots

13.4 Converting Scales to Log in Excel

13.5 Dealing with Limitations of Excel

In-Class Activities

Review Questions

**Chapter 14**

Statistics

14.1 Histograms

14.2 Statistical Behavior

14.3 Distributions

14.4 Cumulative Distribution Functions

14.5 Statistical Process Control (SPC)

14.6 Statistics in Excel

14.7 Statistics in MATLAB

In-Class Activities

Review Questions

**Part 4**

**Programming Prowess **

**Chapter 15**

MATLAB Basics

15.1 Variable Basics

15.2 Numeric Types and Scalars

15.3 Vectors

15.4 Matrices

15.5 Character Strings

15.6 Cell Arrays

15.7 Structure Arrays

In-Class Activities

Review Questions

**Chapter 16**

Algorithms, Programs, and Functions

16.1 Algorithms

16.2 Programs

16.3 Functions

16.4 Deriving Mathematical Models

16.5 Debugging MATLAB Code

In-Class Activities

Review Questions

**Chapter 17**

Input/Output in MATLAB

17.1 Input

17.2 Output

17.3 Plotting

17.4 Trendlines

17.5 Microsoft Excel I/O

In-Class Activities

Review Questions

**Chapter 18**

Logic and Conditionals

18.1 Algorithms Revisited–Representing Decisions

18.2 Relational and Logical Operators

18.3 Logical Variables

18.4 Conditional Statements in MATLAB

18.5 Application: Classification Diagrams

18.6 switch Statements

18.7 Errors and Warnings

In-Class Activities

Review Questions

**Chapter 19**

Looping Structures

19.1 Algorithms Revisited–Loops 19.2 while Loops

19.3 for Loops

In-Class Activities

Review Questions

Comprehension Check Answers

Index

Equation Tables

MATLAB Graphing Properties

Appendix A: Basic Engineering Math–Online

Appendix B: Basic Workbooks–Online

Appendix C: Basic Excel Graphs–Online

Appendix D: Basic Excel Trendlines–Online

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