George Mason University 1997-98 Catalog Catalog Index
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Engineering Courses (ENGR)



School of Information Technology and Engineering

107 Engineering Fundamentals (2:2:0). An introduction to engineering profession fundamentals and problem solving. Topics include description of engineering disciplines, functions of the engineer, professionalism, ethics and registration, problem solving and representation of technical information, estimation and approximations, and analysis and design. f,s

181 Engineering Graphics I (2:1:2). Fundamentals of engineering drawing, descriptive geometry, multiview projection, and graphical analysis. Computer-aided drafting using PC-based software for 2D and 3D design is introduced.

182 Engineering Graphics II (2:1:2). Prerequisite: ENGR 181. Application of engineering graphics to specific topics of engineering analysis and design. Computer-aided design is introduced.

183 Engineering Computer Graphics (3:2:3). Prerequisite: ENGR 107 or permission of instructor. Fundamentals of engineering drawing, graphic communication, descriptive geometry, multiview projection, and graphical analysis. Computer-aided drafting, visualization, and pictorial views are introduced as well as reading of engineering drawings. f,s

205 Engineering Mechanics: Statics (3:3:0). Prerequisites: MATH 114 and PHYS 250. Resolution and composition of forces by analytical methods. Topics include analysis of forces in structures and machine members in equilibrium, centroids, friction, and moments of inertia; and design of beams and structures.

206 Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics (3:3:0). Prerequisite: ENGR 205 or 210. Kinematics of plane motion through Coriolis' law. The course covers Newton's law of motion; work energy, impulse, and momentum principles; and free and forced vibration.

209 Material Science (3:3:0). An introduction to the microscopic structure of engineering materials and effects on macroscopic properties. Topics include crystalline and amorphous structures and defects, semiconductors, ceramics, metals, and polymers.

210 Engineering Mechanics (3:3:0). Prerequisites: PHYS 250 and MATH 114. Resolution and composition of forces and torques by analytical methods and analysis of equilibrium and dynamics of rigid bodies. Topics include friction, stability, equations of motion, and planar kinematics of rigid bodies including simple robotic applications. f,s

307 Engineering Thermodynamics (3:3:0). Prerequisites: MATH 213 and PHYS 350. Classical concepts of energy and temperature, first and second laws and their application to closed and open thermodynamic systems. Properties of pure substances, equation of state, and analysis of thermodynamic processes and systems are covered. The course presents application to engineering systems. s

310 Mechanics of Materials (3:3:0). Prerequisite: ENGR 205 or 210. Concepts of stress, strain, elasticity and plasticity, combined stress, torsion, stresses and deflection of beams, statically indeterminate members, unsymmetrical bending, and buckling of columns.

311, 312 Mathematical Methods in Physics and Engineering (3:3:0), (3:3:0). Prerequisites: PHYS 352 and MATH 214 or 216 for ENGR (PHYS) 311; ENGR (PHYS) 311 or MATH 313 for ENGR (PHYS) 312. A study of mathematical techniques as applied in physics and engineering. Ordinary and partial differential equations, special functions, Fourier series, Laplace transforms, integral equations, matrices and complex variables are discussed.

355 Computer-Aided Design (3:2:3). Prerequisites: ENGR 205 or 210 and CS 112. An introduction to the use of computers to aid design. Mechanical, architectural, and electronic drafting by computer; graph plotting; 2D and 3D wire-frame drawings; programming of menus; isometric and perspective drawing; color shading; animation; and introduction to computer-integrated manufacturing (CIM). Students write an interactive, menu-driven program with graphical output to solve an engineering design problem. f,s

390 Engineering Economy (3:3:0). Prerequisites: ENGR 107 and MATH 114. An introduction to economic decision process in engineering design and analysis. Topics include methodology to select alternatives, measures of investment worth, income and cost evaluation, depreciation methods, benefit-cost and cost-effectiveness techniques, and applications of decision trees to capital investment. f,s

498 Independent Study in Engineering (1-3:3:0). Prerequisite: 60 hours; must be arranged with an instructor and approved by department chair before registering. Directed self-study of special topics of current interest in ENGR. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits if the topics are substantially different.

499 Special Topics in Engineering (3:3:0). Prerequisites: 60 hours and permission of instructor; specific prerequisites vary with the nature of the topic. Topics of special interest to undergraduates. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits if the topics are substantially different.


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