Required non-ECE Engineering and Science Courses


General Chemistry
An introduction to the general scientific principles associated with chemistry. This course will deal with fundamental ideas such as the concept of the atom, the molecule, the mole and their applications to chemical problems. The classical topics include: dimensional analysis and significant figures; atomic weights; periodic properties; chemical reactions and stoichiometry; redox reactions; ideal gas law and real gas equations of state; the liquid state and intermolecular forces; solution concentrations; chemical equilibrium and equilibrium constants; acids and bases; solubility equilibria; nomenclature of inorganic and organic compounds. The topics for atomic and molecular properties include: atomic structure and the quantum theory; electronic structure of atoms; the covalent bond and bond properties; molecular geometries and hybridization; molecular orbital theory.
3 credits. Prerequisites: none

General Chemistry Laboratory
Methods of quantitative analysis are used to explore chemical reactions and analyze unknowns. Modern chemical instrumentation as well as “classic” wet chemistry analytical techniques are covered. Statistical analysis of the experimental data is used to analyze results. Chemical laboratory safety and industrial chemical regulations are covered, as are the fundamentals of writing a technical report.
1.5 credits. Prerequisite: Ch 110; corequisite: Ch 160

Engineering Design and Problem Solving
Students work on cutting-edge, exploratory design projects in inter-disciplinary groups of 20 to 25. Each project has an industrial sponsor/partner who is available for student/faculty consultation and support. Oral and visual presentations as well as formal written reports are required for all projects. Professional competencies, teamwork, human values and social concerns are stressed in the engineering design.
3 credits. Prerequisites: none

Engineering Graphics
An introduction to graphical representation of 3-dimensional objects. After learning the principles of technical drawing using precision hand tools, students utilize CAD software to create professional caliber engineering drawings. An introduction to solid modeling is given. Topics include orthographic projections, linetypes, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, layers, layouts, solid modeling, part assemblies and finite element analysis.
1 credit. Prerequisites: none.

Introduction to Linear Algebra
Vectors in two- and three-dimensions, vector algebra, inner product, cross product and applications. Analytic geometry in three dimensions: lines, planes, spheres. Matrix algebra; solution of system of linear equations, determinants, inverses. Complex numbers.
2 credits. Prerequisites: none

Calculus I
Functions; limit of functions, continuity. The derivative and its applications: curve sketching, maxima and minima, related rates, velocity and acceleration in one dimension; trigonometric, exponential, logarithmic and hyperbolic functions. Definite and indefinite integrals; area, the fundamental theorem, techniques of integration.
4 credits. Prerequisites: none

Calculus II
Applications of definite integrals: area, volume, improper integrals, work, arc length, surface area, centroid. Polar coordinates. Parametric curves in two and three dimensions: velocity, speed and accelerations. Partial derivatives and the chain rule, properties of the gradient. Maxima and minima. Sequences and series: convergence of sequences and series, Taylor and Maclaurin series, power series.
4 credits. Prerequisite: Ma 111; prerequisite or corequisite: Ma 110

Vector Calculus
Double and triple integrals and their applications. Vector fields. Gradient, divergence and curl. Line and surface integrals. Theorems of Green, Gauss and Stokes. Path independence of line integrals.
2 credits. Prerequisites: Ma 110 and Ma 113.

Sample spaces. Random variables. Probability. Distribution and density functions. Expectation. Mean and variance. Moments and generating function. Central limit theorem.
2 credits. Prerequisite: Ma 113; corequisite: Ma 223.

Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations
Ordinary differential equations of the first order. Linear equations of higher order with constant coefficients. Power series solutions. Laplace transformation. Fourier series. Partial differential equations: method of separations of variables, applications to vibration and heat flow.
3 credits. Prerequisite: Ma 113

Physics I: Mechanics
Static equilibrium, kinematics, Newton’s Laws, non-inertial frames of reference, system of particles, work and energy, linear and angular momentum, rigid body motion, conservation laws, oscillation.
4 credits. Prerequisites: Ma 110, Ma 111. Corequisite: Ma 113.

Physics II: Electromagnetic Phenomena
Oscillations; transverse and longitudinal waves. Electric fields; Gauss’ Law; electric potential; capacitance; D.C. circuits; magnetic fields; Faraday’s law; inductance; A.C. circuits; electromagnetic waves.
4 credits. Prerequisite: Ph 112. Corequisite: Ma 223.

Physics III: Optics and Modern Physics
Geometric and physical optics. Special theory of relativity. The quantum theory of light. The quantum theory of matter. Atomic structure. Nuclear structure and radioactivity.
3 credits. Prerequisite: Ph 213

Introductory Physics Laboratory
Physical measurements and analysis of experimental data. The experiments test and apply some basic principles selected from the following fields: mechanics, sound, electromagnetism, optics and modern physics. Experiments and topics may vary each semester. Digital and analog laboratory instruments; computer acquisition and analysis of data. Estimate of systematic and random error, propagation of error, interpretation of results. This course complements three lecture courses, Ph 112, Ph 213, Ph 214.
1.5 credits. Prerequisite: Ph 112; corequisite: Ph 213