for students advised by the College of Engineering
Mechanical Engineering 201: “Introduction to Mechanical Engineering” provides an introduction to the field of mechanical engineering in the context of projects that are carried out in small groups. Students will obtain a shop pass, build and test small prototypes, and use an Arduino microcontroller to control a system. Students will also be introduced to software that is particularly useful to mechanical engineers including SolidWorks and EES. Students will learn how to take data, develop simple models of systems, exercise models for the purposes of design, and present their results professionally. M E 201 is meant to provide a context for the math, physics, and chemistry classes that are taken your first year and also give a preview of future mechanical engineering courses that will make up your program of study. The course should also give you a glimpse into the breadth of opportunities afforded by your ME degree. The other courses in this FIG will help you fulfill requirements, develop knowledge, and hone skills that will be useful to you as you proceed through your program.
— Introduction to stoichiometry and the mole concept; the behavior of gases, liquids, and solids; thermochemistry; electronic structure of atoms and chemical bonding; descriptive chemistry of selected elements and compounds; and intermolecular forces.
— This class treats writing as both an act of inquiry and communication, and it offers opportunities to identify, develop, and express concepts; engage in conversations with the ideas of others; and critique and construct arguments through original research.