Thinking Like an Engineer: An Active Learning Approach, 4th edition

  • Elizabeth A. Stephan
  • David R. Bowman
  • William J. Park
  • Benjamin L. Sill
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Inspire self-guided inquiry with an active learning model

Thinking Like an Engineer: An Active Learning Approach, 4th Edition is designed to facilitate an active learning environment for first year engineering courses. The authors incorporate a model of learning that encourages self-guided inquiry and advances students beyond “plug-and-chug” and memorization of problem-solving methods. Checkpoints throughout each chapter provide worked out problem sets for students to solve using their own logic, before they are ready to tackle more difficult problems. An emphasis on reading and practice before class prepares students for in-class activities that reinforce the chapter’s material. Students arrive prepared for class, allowing instructors to spend class time focusing on active learning through collaborative problem-solving, computer-based activities, and hands-on experiments that encourage guided inquiry. The 4th Edition provides new material and revisions based on input from instructors and students, as well as current software releases.


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Table of contents

Part 1

Engineering Essentials  

Engineering is an . . . Itch!

Chapter 1

Everyday Engineering  

1.1 Choosing a Career  

1.2 Choosing Engineering as a Career  

1.3 NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering  

1.4 Choosing a Specific Engineering Field  

1.5 Engineering Technology–A Related Field

1.6 Gathering Information  

1.7 Pursuing Student Opportunities  

Review Questions  


Chapter 2


2.1 Ethical Decision Making  

2.2 Plagiarism  

2.3 Engineering Creed  

2.4 Social Responsibility  

In-Class Activities  

Review Questions  


Chapter 3

Design, Teamwork, and Project Management  

3.1 Design Processes  

3.2 Defining the Problem or Need  

3.3 Criteria: Defining What Is Important  

3.4 Generating Ideas  

3.5 Comparing Designs and Making Decisions

3.6 Prototyping and Testing  

3.7 Sustainability–A Special Design Criterion  

3.8 Working in Teams  

3.9 Experimental Design: PERIOD Analysis  

3.10 Project Timeline  

3.11 Modern Project Management  

In-Class Activities  

Review Questions  

Mini Design Projects  


Chapter 4

Engineering Communication  

4.1 Basic Presentation Skills  

4.2 Sample Presentations  

4.3 Basic Technical Writing Skills  

4.4 Common Technical Communication Formats  

In-Class Activities  

Review Questions  


Chapter 5


5.1 General Hints for Estimation  

5.2 Estimation by Analogy  

5.3 Estimation by Aggregation  

5.4 Estimation by Upper and Lower Bounds  

5.5 Estimation Using Modeling  

5.6 Significant Figures  

5.7 Reasonableness  

5.8 Notation  

In-Class Activities  

Review Questions  

Chapter 6

Solving Problems       

6.1 Problem Types  

6.2 SOLVEM–One Approach to Solving Problems  

6.3 Representing Final Results  

6.4 Avoiding Common Mistakes  

6.5 Examples of SOLVEM  

Review Questions  

Part 2

Ubiquitous Units  

Chapter 7

Fundamental Dimensions and Base Units    

7.1 The Metric System  

7.2 Other Unit Systems  

7.3 Conversion Procedure for Units  

7.4 Conversions Involving Multiple Steps  

7.5 Conversions Involving “New” Units  

7.6 Derived Dimensions and Units  

7.7 Equation Laws  

7.8 Conversion Involving Equations  

In-Class Activities  

Review Questions  


Chapter 8

Universal Units          

8.1 Force  

8.2 Weight  

8.3 Density  

8.4 Amount  

8.5 Temperature  

8.6 Pressure  

8.7 Gas Pressure  

8.8 Energy  

8.9 Power  

8.10 Efficiency  

8.11 Electrical Concepts  

In-Class Activities  

Review Questions  


Chapter 9

Dimensionless Numbers  

9.1 Constants with Units  

9.2 Common Dimensionless Numbers

9.3 Dimensional Analysis  

9.4 Rayleigh’s Method  

In-Class Activities  

Review Questions  


Part 3

Scrupulous Worksheets  

Chapter 10

Excel Workbooks  

10.1 Cell References  

10.2 Functions in Excel  

10.3 Logic and Conditionals  

10.4 Lookup and Data Validation  

10.5 Conditional Formatting  

10.6 Sorting and Filters  

In-Class Activities  

Review Questions  


Chapter 11

Graphical Solutions  

11.1 Graphing Terminology  

11.2 Proper Plots  

11.3 Available Graph Types in Excel  

11.4 Graph Interpretation  

11.5 Meaning of Line Shapes  

11.6 Graphical Solutions  

In-Class Activities  

Review Questions  


Chapter 12

Models and Systems  

12.1 Proper Plot Rules for Trendlines  

12.2 Linear Functions  

12.3 Linear Relationships  

12.4 Combinations of Linear Relationships  

12.5 Power Functions

12.6 Exponential Functions  

In-Class Activities  

Review Questions  


Chapter 13

Mathematical Models  

13.1 Selecting a Trendline Type  

13.2 Interpreting Logarithmic Graphs  

13.3 Proper Plot Rules for Log Plots

13.4 Converting Scales to Log in Excel  

13.5 Dealing with Limitations of Excel  

In-Class Activities  

Review Questions  


Chapter 14


14.1 Histograms  

14.2 Statistical Behavior  

14.3 Distributions  

14.4 Cumulative Distribution Functions  

14.5 Statistical Process Control (SPC)  

14.6 Statistics in Excel  

14.7 Statistics in MATLAB  

In-Class Activities  

Review Questions  


Part 4

Programming Prowess  

Chapter 15

MATLAB Basics  

15.1 Variable Basics  

15.2 Numeric Types and Scalars  

15.3 Vectors  

15.4 Matrices  

15.5 Character Strings  

15.6 Cell Arrays  

15.7 Structure Arrays  

In-Class Activities  

Review Questions  


Chapter 16

Algorithms, Programs, and Functions  

16.1 Algorithms  

16.2 Programs  

16.3 Functions  

16.4 Deriving Mathematical Models  

16.5 Debugging MATLAB Code  

In-Class Activities  

Review Questions  

Chapter 17

Input/Output in MATLAB  

17.1 Input  

17.2 Output  

17.3 Plotting  

17.4 Trendlines  

17.5 Microsoft Excel I/O  

In-Class Activities  

Review Questions  


Chapter 18

Logic and Conditionals  

18.1 Algorithms Revisited–Representing Decisions  

18.2 Relational and Logical Operators   

18.3 Logical Variables  

18.4 Conditional Statements in MATLAB  

18.5 Application: Classification Diagrams  

18.6 switch Statements  

18.7 Errors and Warnings  

In-Class Activities  

Review Questions  

Chapter 19

Looping Structures  

19.1 Algorithms Revisited–Loops 19.2 while Loops  

19.3 for Loops  


In-Class Activities  

Review Questions  

Comprehension Check Answers  


Equation Tables  

MATLAB Graphing Properties  

Appendix A: Basic Engineering Math–Online

Appendix B: Basic Workbooks–Online

Appendix C: Basic Excel Graphs–Online

Appendix D: Basic Excel Trendlines–Online



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