MW 10:00 - 10:50 AM
Lab M 5:00 - 6:50 PM, F 10:00 – 10:50 PM
Course Learning Objectives
Make use of Matlab basic commands and editor tools
Master Matlab Annotation tools and plot editing functions
Master matrix manipulation with Matlab software
Master Matlab differential equation solving tools – numerical analysis
Make use of Matlab Fast Fourier Transform in vibration analysis
Master Matlab symbolic language
Apply SolidWorks for Solid Modeling
Understand the concept of Finite Element Analysis and stress-strain computation
Investigate Von Mises stress distribution using SolidWorks Simulation Software
Understand the fatigue theories
Master the basic loop functions using LabVIEW software
Performing lab experiments using programming software
Write formal and informal engineering reports
Work as part of a team
MENG 1202 Solid Modeling, MENG 2223 Mechanics of Solids, MENG 3104 Fluid Mechanics.
MENG 3234 Heat Transfer.
Basic computer skills, MS Excel, hand calculator.
Engineering Analysis with SolidWorks Simulation 2010, Paul M. Kurowski, SDC Publications.
An Engineering’s Guide to Matlab, Edward B. Magrab, Shapour Azarm, 2nd Edition, Pearson Prentice Hall.
The final grade for the course will be based on the scores earned in the two mandatory exams, the mandatory comprehensive exam, the average score earned in the quizzes, the average score earned in the homework, and the average score earned in lab reports. Each one of the two exams contributes 10%, the comprehensive exam contributes 15%, quizzes average contributes 20%, homework average contributes 15%, lab reports average contributes 20%, and participation, neatness, attitude, and class attendance contribute 10%, for a total of 100%. The overall average score (X) for the course is determined as follows:
X =0.10 x (exam1 score + exam 2 score) + 0.15 x (Comprehensive exam score) + 0.20 x (quizzes average score) + 0.15 x (homework average score) + 0.20 x (lab report average score) + 0.10 x (participation/neatness/attitude/attendance scores).
This course consists of a two 50-minutes sessions per week and three lab hours. The two hours class will be spent mostly explaining and discussing concepts, and solving relevant case problems. The other three class hours will be dedicated to a short lecture, programming lab, result analysis, and lab report. Lectures will not be used to communicate the entire textbook course content and thus, you will have to study a set of course paragraphs specified by the instructor on your own to further your understanding. Student participation in class discussions is highly encouraged and rewarded.
There will be two regular exams plus one comprehensive exam at the end of the semester. Each exam is based on two testing parts. A programming part based on class notes and chapters reading (closed book) is designed to test the students’ ability to acquire a self-reading knowledge of the taught materials. A practical programming part (open book) is designed to test the students’ ability to program, analyze, and solve a set of computers based problems. Each exam is based on the course materials developed between two consecutive exams, except for the last one which is comprehensive.
The goal of these quizzes is to encourage the students to study the course materials by themselves. Quizzes will consist of true/false, multiple choice type of questions and/or short programming problems.
Homework will be assigned from a set of chosen chapters by the instructor each week or each two weeks. Each student is responsible for submitting his own individual personal homework copy, written in his own words. No dual or group homework copy is accepted unless specified by the instructor.
Lab reports are based on the programming materials studied in class, or presented during lab sessions. Each group of students is responsible for submitting its own lab report in its own words. A student cannot add its name to a student lab group if absent. Labs will be submitted either in formal or informal presentations. All informal labs must be presented with three full paragraphs, theory used, results obtained, and a thorough discussion of the results. A special attention will be dedicated to the presentation. A formal template lab report will be handed out to the students. Students are encouraged to finish their lab and submit it during the lab session if possible. Arriving late to the lab will be penalized by -5 points on the lab grade. Quitting the lab session without the instructor authorization will be penalized by -10 points on the lab grade.
You are expected to take the exam on the scheduled date and time it is given. However, if for a major and acceptable reason you are unable to do so, then you must inform the instructor in advance in writing and give a valid proof of your absence. The instructor will give then a make-up exam toward the end of the semester. For those who did not have a valid reason for missing the exam, they are allowed to take the make-up exam, but they will be graded over 80% of the regular 100% exam grade. The examination materials for the make-up exam may be very different from the ones given in regular exams.
You are expected to take these quizzes on random scheduled dates and times. However, if for a major reason you are unable to do so, then you must provide the instructor with a valid written excuse. For those who missed quizzes with a valid reason, the instructor will then give two make-up quizzes at the end of the semester. For those who did not have a valid reason for missing the quizzes, they are allowed to take the make-up quizzes, but they will be graded over 80% of the regular 100% quiz grade. The examination materials for the make-up quizzes may be very different from the ones given in regular quizzes.
Homework will be turned in each week, unless specified by the instructor. Homework must be turned in on the due date at the beginning of class. Once class starts, homework will be still accepted for a grace period of 48 hours and graded over 80% of the regular 100% homework grade. After the grace period, homework will be accepted and graded over 60% of the regular 100% homework grade. Each student is responsible for submitting his own individual personal homework copy, written in his own words. No dual or group homework copy is accepted unless specified by the instructor.
Lab reports must be turned in on the due date, at the beginning of class. Once lab class starts, lab reports will be still accepted for a grace period of 48 hours and graded over 80% of the regular 100% lab grade. Once the grace period is over, lab report will be still accepted and graded over 60% of the regular 100% lab grade. THERE IS NO MAKE-UP for any lab session missed.
Students are required to attend lectures and Labs on regular basis.
Information contained in this syllabus, other than grading, late assignments, makeup work, and attendance policies, may be subject to change with advance notice, as deemed appropriate by the instructor.