ENGR 121 Class Section: Meeting: (all in ET 315


Computer Tools for Engineers

Spring 2011

2 3 TR 10:30 – 11:20 am TR 12:00 – 12:50 pm TR 11:30 – 11:55 am TR 1:00 – 1:25 pm (supplemental instruction times will be adjusted subject to class approval) Todor Cooklev 260-481-0151 ET 229 C

Instructor: Telephone: Office: E-mail: Course Websites: Office Hours:

Zesheng Chen 404-661-6546 ET 321A

Section 2 & 3:


T 1:00 – 3:00 pm T 9:00 am – noon W 5:00 – 6:00 pm TR 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm or by appointment; or stop by when we are in our offices we can at least make an appointment.

Teaching Assistant: E-mail: Catalogue Course Description: Introduction to the use of computer software for solving engineering problems. Emphasis on problem solving techniques with applications of modern high-level structured programming languages and spreadsheets: algorithm development, looping techniques, files and data structures, solving linear algebraic equations, simple statistical techniques, files and plotting techniques. Prerequisite: Required Text: Software: MA154 Corequisite: ENGR 120 Palm, W.J., Introduction to MatLab for Engineers, McGraw-Hill (2010) Matlab, MS Excel
Grade Curve: 93-100 % = A 90-92 % = A87-89 % = B+ 83-86 % = B 80-82 % = B77-79 % = C+ 73-76 % = C 70-72 % = C60-69 % = D Below 60% = F

Grade Distribution: Assignments Review Activities Project/Challenge Problems Exams (3 x 10% ea) Final Exams Instructor Evaluation

15 % 10 % 20 % 30 % 20 % 5%

Exams: The three midterm exams will be given in class and will include solving problems using the computer. The table below shows the tentative dates for these three exams and the set date for the final exam. All exams are in ET315.
Exam 1 Feb. 10 Feb. 10 Exam 2 Mar. 3 Mar. 3 Exam 3 April 7 April 7 Final Exam Tues., May 3, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm Tues., May 3, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Section 2 Section 3

(e. The ability to use computer tools to construct simple empirical models from physical data. functions. conditional statements.4 & 3. Program Structure 11-Apr Descriptive Statistics & The Normal Distribution 18-Apr Model Building: Model Identification and Basic Fitting 25-Apr Model Building: Matrix Fits & Multiple Linear Models .5 4.5 3. and loop structures to solve engineering problems. (e. (k) 5.) 7-Feb Introduction to Arrays 14-Feb Arrays (cont.3 4. (g) 3. as well as to analyze and interpret data (c) an ability to design a system. and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice. and engineering (b) an ability to design and conduct experiments. and solve engineering problems (f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility (g) an ability to communicate effectively (h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context (i) a recognition of the need for. k) 6. k) 9. k) 7. (e.2 Exam 3 Exam 2 Withdraw Date Spring Break Exam 1 Special Events 10-Jan Introduction – MatLab & Excel as Calculators. k) 4.8 7. Vectors. and Polynomials 24-Jan Functions & Music in MATLAB 31-Jan Functions (cont. or process to meet desired needs (d) an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams (e) an ability to identify. 1.1 6. (e) ABET Program Outcomes Engineering programs must demonstrate that their graduates have: (a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics.2 5.3 & 6.1 & 4. The ability to use computer tools to calculate simple statistics. (e) 8.3 & 1.1. component.7 & 4. 1.) & Working with Files 21-Feb Plotting: Introduction 28-Feb Plotting: Formatting Requirements 7-Mar 14-Mar Programming: Relational & Logical Operators.1 – 2.4. (k) 2 The ability to properly communicate a solution based on computer calculations. An understanding of files. and data structures.1& Appendix B2 3. Intro to Scripts 17-Jan Calculations with Functions. skills. The ability to write programs using logical expressions.6 1. Conditionals 21-Mar Programming: Switch & Loops 28-Mar Programming: Loops (cont. (g. formulate.2.) 4-Apr Programming: Debugging.3 2. science. Tentative Course Schedule/Outline Week of Topic Text Sections 1. The ability to complete multi-step engineering calculations using appropriate software. The ability to produce clear and effective graphs.4.1 & 7.4 4.4 5.1 & 5.2 .6 4. An understanding of arrays and array manipulations and their applications in formulating and solving engineering problems.2 6.2 2. and an ability to engage in life-long learning (j) a knowledge of contemporary issues (k) an ability to use the techniques. 1. The ability to find solutions to equations using computer tools.Course Outcomes 1.

Once the Director has provided you with a letter attesting to your needs for modification. and exams: o Some collaboration on homework is helpful to the learning process and encouraged. with minimal disturbance. Under no circumstances should you interrupt the class to attempt to get your homework in. o Copying and other forms of cheating are treated seriously. clear reference must be made to the original author. telephone number 481-6658) as soon as possible to work out the details. Please do not be late. • Attendance: Students are expected to attend all classes. feel very warm. . then join the class quietly. you must include a note on any assignment listing others with whom you worked. or it may be a request for an individual student to summarize the key points from the previous class or reading. computer coding and calculations must be your own work. Penalties generally exceed the value of the assignment and can result in a F for the course and/or a memo placed in your advising file. • • • • • • • Cell phones: All cell phones and beepers must be turned off during class (off – not simply on ‘vibrate’). In any assignment in which work is borrowed from another source. The following guidelines apply to homework assignments. You are expected to keep your instructor informed as you are able. Eating or drinking is not allowed in ET315.edu/ssd/. Room 113. projects.” You can and should keep up with class by using the course websites. however. Tardiness: Late arrival to the classroom disturbs everyone. For more information. bring the letter to me.ENGR 121 Computer Tools for Engineers Spring 2011 Course Policies: • Homework: Homework is due before the start of class.ipfw. This includes allowing anyone to copy your work. in all cases the final wording. the 5% discretionary portion of the grade will be based on class participation and the instructor’s observations of attitude and effort. Review Activities: Most classes will begin with a graded review activity. However. This may be a short activity or problem based on a previous class or homework problem that all students complete. If you are unavoidably delayed. special arrangements can be made to accommodate most needs. Contact the Director of Services for Students with Disabilities (Walb Union. he/she is responsible for all material covered in the class. o Assisting anyone in cheating is also a violation of your professional integrity and may also result in these penalties. In the event a student misses a class. have a flushed appearance. or are sweating). Staying away from others while sick can prevent others from getting sick too. Missed exams will receive a grade of zero except in the case of a documented emergency. email or phone calls to your instructor and classmates. However. This should be determined without the use of fever-reducing medications (any medicine that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen). CDC Recommendation: H1N1 flu – “Stay home or at your place of residence if you are sick for at least 24 hours after there is no longer a fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius) or signs of a fever (have chills. please visit the web site for SSD at http://www. Ask a roommate or friend to check up on you and to bring you food and supplies if needed. Strict attendance is not taken. including all assignments and announcements. Integrity: Students are expected to conduct themselves with integrity and according to the highest ethical standards in accordance with the rules and regulations of IPFW. • Disabilities: If you have a disability and need assistance.

ipfw. practicing the application or explanation of material being learned. These include: o Course instructors and TAs: Please ask questions in class.edu/casa.m..m. You are welcome to email questions from your IPFW account.php.its. Please send emails to us from your IPFW account only.• Computer use: During class you are expected to use the computers only for activities directly related to that class session (i. instant messaging.edu/weeblefm/login. IPFW email and forwarding instructions are available at: http://www. your user name is tjon2967) Password: student ID with hyphens as in your SSN. Any email received from a student IPFW account will generally be answered by the end of my next office hour at the latest.. for a place to study. working on other homework. coursespecific help in understanding concepts.m. Log in using your ETCS user name and password described above. You are entitled to 2 free hours per week of one-to-one.. They require separate login IDs and have separate network drives. o The ETCS Success Center: (ET 105) Drop in when you have questions about IPFW procedures or need to know where to get help with your classes.edu.e. your password is 900-68-2967). • • Email: We expect that you will receive and read any emails send to your IPFW email account with-in one day. etc.ipfw.). Other messages may be deleted or filtered as possible spam.ipfw. o The SPOT Learning Center: Free tutoring is available in the SPOT in Kettler G21 (next door to the Writing Center). (e. and make sure you understand things as they come up. . Your Student ID is your randomly generated ID number not your Social Security Number. Friday 8 a.edu/resources/email/studentemail. Either check this account regularly (daily) or forward the messages to an account that you do check daily. Once you have logged in. This number is listed at the top of your my. However. For ET building network your user name and password are: User Name: 1st letter of first name + 1st three letters of last name + last four digits of student ID. Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a. Computer Login for ETCS computers University (ITS) and ET building networks are separate.ipfw. or to take a break.g. This course builds. Open your web browser and go to https://students. Learning Assistance: You are ultimately responsible for your own education.m. at office hours.g. contact them in Kettler G21! Call 481-5419. for the ID number above.ipfw. Assignments will be counted only when sent from your IPFW account. ( e. Make all appointments online through TutorTrac at www.shtml). to 8 p. there are a range of resources that you can access to help learn this material. to 4 p. no web surfing. Accessing your ETCS Network Drive from outside the ET building You can access files stored on your ETCS network drive remotely anywhere you have network access. if your name is Tom Jones and your ID is 900682967. If you are not able to login this way or have other technical difficulties with your student account. If you don’t see a tutor available for your class. you may change your password. and developing effective test-taking strategies..etcs. Students who repeatedly violate this policy may be asked to leave the classroom.edu page. please email Mike Pressler at pressler@omega. and via email.