Thinking Like an Engineer: An Active Learning Approach, 5th edition

  • Elizabeth A. Stephan
  • David R. Bowman
  • William J. Park
  • William David Martin
  • Matthew W. Ohland

Thinking Like an Engineer [RENTAL EDITION]

ISBN-13:  9780136932208

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Thinking Like an Engineer, 5th Edition is designed to facilitate an active learning environment for first-year engineering courses. Checkpoints in each chapter provide worked-out problem sets for you to solve using your own logic, helping you develop the problem-solving skills you need to solve more difficult problems. A variety of collaborative problem-solving activities, computer-based activities, and hands-on experiments help you take your learning further and develop the skill set to begin thinking like an engineer. The 5th Edition is updated to incorporate current software releases, including Microsoft® Office 2019®, Office 365®, Excel® Online, and MATLAB® 2020a.

Table of contents

Part 1: Engineering Essentials

Engineering is an . . . Itch!

  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
  1. Ethics
    2.1 Ethical Decision Making
    2.2 Plagiarism
    2.3 Engineering Creed
    2.4 Social Responsibility
    In-Class Activities
    Review Questions
  1. 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
  1. Engineering Communication
    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
  1. Estimation
    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
  1. Solving Problems
    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
    In-Class Activities
    Review Questions 163

Part 2: Ubiquitous Units

  1. 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
  1. 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
  1. 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: Spectacular Spreadsheets

  1. 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
  1. 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
  1. 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
  1. Mathematical Models
    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
  1. Statistics
    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 4Programming Prowess

  1. MATLAB Basics
    15.1 Variable Basics
    15.2 Numeric Types and Scalars
    15.3 Vectors
    15.4 Matrices 572
    15.5 Character Arrays
    15.6 String Arrays
    15.7 Cell Arrays
    15.8 Structure Arrays
    In-Class Activities
    Review Questions
  1. 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
  1. 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
  1. 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
  1. 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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