Introduction to Mechanical Engineering
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The Saylor Foundation
Saylor Foundation, Unknown, Stephen Boyd, Jerry Cain, Nuno Fonseca, Luis Marcelino, Vitor Carreira, Catarina Reis, Catarina Silva, Oussama Khatib
Purpose of Course This course will introduce you to the field of mechanical engineering and the relationships between physics, mathematics, communications, and sciences which inform the study, design, and manufacture of mechanical products and systems. The course is divided into four units. In the first unit, you will learn how mechanical engineering is broadly defined, what mechanical engineers do, and what technical capabilities they have. We will also review some basic principles from mathematics and physics that you will apply in any discipline of engineering. In the second unit, you will learn about the ethical considerations and technical communication skills necessary for engineering work. You will revisit these issues in more detail in several courses within the Mechanical Engineering curriculum. The third unit focuses on computational tools for engineering problems. In Unit 3 you will learn about a specific computational environment available in the public domain (Scilab) and the application of that environment to some commonly encountered engineering problems. Finally, in the fourth unit, you will apply some of the concepts you learned throughout the course to a small design project that employs mechanical engineering principles.