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MECH 1108 Introduction to Engineering (1 semester hour) The student will learn what it means to be an engineer. This will include how engineers examine topics, how they learn and how they communicate that information to others. The student will also be exposed to traditional problem and engineering solution integration. Such solution integration will be tied to fundamental sciences (Natural Science and Mathematics), Social and Behavioral Science and Aesthetics Arts. At the end of the course, the student will have a beginning understanding of ideas, ideals and processes that will be needed to become an effectice engineer. Recommended corequisite: MATH 2417 or MATH 2413. (1-0) Y
MECH 1308 1208 Introduction to Mechanical Engineering (32 semester hours) Project-based instruction. The purpose of this course is to give students a general understanding of the broad range of applications specific to the mechanical engineering applicationsprofession. Course exercises include team-oriented project activitiescompetitions, lectures by various external mechanical engineering experts, and introductory materials associated with the discipline. Perform a competitive team design project. Prerequisite: MECH 1108. Corequisites: PHYS 2325/2125 and MATH 2419 or MATH 2414. (1-21) Y
MECH 1V95 Topics in Mechanical Engineering (1-9 semester hours) Subject matter will vary from semester to semester. May be repeated as topics vary (9 hours maximum) ([1-9]-0) R
MECH 2120 Mechanical Measurements Laboratory (1 semester hour) Laboratory course. The laboratory introduces mechanical measurement techniques and processes. Introduction to basic instrumentation used in mechanical engineering, including calibration, use, precision, and accuracy. Consideration of errors, precision, and accuracy in experimental measurements. Co-requisite: MECH 2320. (0-1) Y
MECH 2300 Linear Algebra for Engineers (3 semester hours) Matrices, vectors, linear systems of equations, Gauss-Jordan elimination, LU factorization and rank. Determinants and solutions of linear systems. Vector spaces, linear dependence/independence, basis and change of basis. Linear transformations and matrix representation; similarity,. S scalar products, orthogonality, Gram-Schmidt process procedures and QR factorization. Determinants, eEigenvalues, eigenvectors, and diagonalization; singular-value decomposition. Introduction to pProblem solving using MATLAB. Introduction to complex numbers. This course includes a required laboratory. Students cannot get credit for both CE/EE/MECH 2300 and MATH 2418. Pre- or cCo-requisite: MATH 2415 or MATH 2419. (Same as CE/EE 2300) (3-01) S
MECH 2310 Static Equilibrium and Rigid Body Dynamics (3 semester hours) Lecture course. Course material includes static equilibrium of particles, trusses and machines. Friction equivalent systems, particle dynamics in one, two and three dimensions, work, energy, angular momentum and moment of inertia, and dynamics of rigid bodies. Prerequisites: MATH 2415 or MATH 2419, MECH 1208, and MECH 2300. Corequisites: PHYS 2326/2126. (3-0) Y
MECH 2320 Strength of Materials (3 semester hours) Lecture course. Course material includes introduction to stress and deformation analysis of basic structural elements subjected to axial, torsional, bending, and pressure loads. Prerequisites: MECH 2300 and MECH 2310. Pre- or corequisite: MECH 2120. (3-0) Y
MECH 2V95 Topics in Mechanical Engineering (1-9 semester hours) Subject matter will vary from semester to semester. May be repeated as topics vary (9 hours maximum) ([1-9]-0) R
MECH 3101 Mechanics of Materials Laboratory (1 semester hour) Laboratory course associated with MECH 3301. Laboratory demonstrating the basic properties of materials using experimental studies. This laboratory concentrates on the relationships of microscopic and macroscopic behavior of materials using experimental techniques to illustrate behavior. Co-requisite: MECH 3301. (0-1) Y
MECH 3105 Computer Aided Design Laboratory (1 semester hour) Project-based course associated with MECH 3305. Design projects involving CAD tools constitute a major portion of the course. Co-requisite: MECH 3305. (0-1) Y
MECH 3115 Fluid Mechanics Laboratory (1 semester hour) Project-based course associated with MECH 3315. Wind tunnel calibration and survey, wind tunnel turbulence tests, boundary layer on a flat plate, static stability, design and conduct experiments. Co-requisite: MECH 3315. (0-1) Y
MECH 3120 Heat Transfer Laboratory (1 semester hour) Project-based course associated with MECH 3320. Course emphasis is on experiments related to thermodynamics, heat transfer, and fluid mechanics. Proper experimental methods, data and uncertainty analysis related to thermal and fluids measurements are discussed. Co-requisite: MECH 3320. (0-1) Y
MECH 3150 Mechanical Engineering Laboratory (1 semester hour) Project-based course associated with MECH 3350. Laboratory course focused on students performing a team design project of a complex Mechanical system. Complete analysis of the devices will be documented. Co-requisite: MECH 3350. (0-1) Y
MECH 3151 Mechanical Systems Laboratory (1 semester hour) Project-based course associated with MECH 3351. Laboratory course focused on students performing a team design project of a complex mechanical system. Complete analysis of the systems will be documented. Corequisite: MECH 3351. (0-1) Y
MECH 3300 Advanced Engineering Mathematics (3 semester hours) Study of advanced mathematics topics needed in the study of engineering. Topics include review of complex numbers, multivariate calculus and analytic geometry, study of polar, cylindrical, and spherical coordinates, vector differential calculus, vector integral calculus, and vector integral theorems, complex variables, complex integration, series, residues and numerical methods. Examples are provided from electromagnetic, fluid mechanics, physics and geometrymicroelectronics and communications. Co-Prerequisite: MATH 24202415 or MATH 2419. (Same as CE/EE 3300) (3-0) S
MECH 3301 Mechanics of MetalsMaterials (3 semester hours) Lecture course. Course material includes determination of stresses, deflections, and stability of deformable bodies, including matrix structural analysis. Prerequisite: MECH 2320. Pre- or corequisite: MECH 3101. (3-0) Y
MECH 3302 Intermediate Dynamics (3 semester hours) Lecture course. A continuation of the study of kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies, with applications to mechanical systems of current interest to engineers. Topics include three-dimensional kinematics of a rigid body, planar kinetics of a rigid body, three-dimensional kinetics of a rigid body, equations of motion. Prerequisite: MECH 3300. Pre- or Co-requisite: MECH 2320. (3-0) Y
MECH 3305 Computer Aided Design (3 semester hours) Lecture course. Course material includes an introduction to Computer-Aided Mechanical Design (CAMD) tools (hardware/software) and their applications to mechanical systems design. Prerequisite: MECH 1208. Pre- or Co-requisites: MECH 3105 and MECH 3300. (3-0) Y
MECH 3310 Thermodynamics (3 semester hours) Lecture course. This course focuses on availability and reversible work, machine, and cycle processes; real gas behavior; non-reactive gas mixtures; reactive mixtures; and thermodynamics of compressible fluid flow. Prerequisites: MECH 1208 and MECH 3300. (3-0) Y
MECH 3315 Introduction to Fluid Mechanics (3 semester hours) Lecture course. Course material includes an introduction to the concepts and applications of fluid mechanics and dimensional analysis with an emphasis on fluid behavior, internal and external flows, analysis of engineering applications of incompressible pipe systems, and external aerodynamics, ideal fluid flow including potential flow theory, and computer solutions in ideal fluid flow. Prerequisites: MECH 2310 and MECH 3300. Pre- or corequisite: MECH 3115. (3-0) Y
MECH 3320 Heat Transfer (3 semester hours) Lecture course. This course focuses on the treatment of conductive, convective, and radiative energy transfer using control volume and differential analysis and prediction of transport properties. Prerequisite: MECH 3315. Pre- or corequisite: MECH 3120. (3-0) Y
MECH 3341 Probability Theory and Statistics (3 semester hours) Axioms of probability, conditional probability, Bayes theorem, random variables, probability density/mass function (pdf/mdf), cumulative density function, expected value, functions of random variable, joint, conditional and marginal pdf/mdf's for two multiple random variables, moments, central limit theorem, elementary statistics, empirical distribution correlation introduction to random processes, density estimation, regression analysis and hypothesis testing. Students cannot get credit for both CS/SE 3341 and CE/EE/MECH/TE 3341. Prerequisite: MATH 2414 or MATH 2419. Recommended co-requisite: MATH 2420. (Same as CE/EE/TE 3341) (3-0) S
MECH 3350 Mechanical Component and System Design (3 semester hours) Lecture course. This course focuses on failure analysis and design of machine components and integrated systems, synthesize mechanisms for specified performance, analyze given mechanisms for position, velocity, acceleration and static and dynamic forces. Perform a team design project. Prerequisites: MECH 3301, MECH 3302, and MECH 3315. Pre- or corequisite: MECH 3150. (3-0) Y
MECH 3351 Design of Mechanical Systems (3 semester hours) Lecture course. Comprehensive study in the design and analysis of mechanical elements. Introduction to reliability engineering. Introduction to finite element analysis. Perform a competitive team design project. Prerequisite: MECH 3350. Pre- or corequisite: MECH 3151. (3-0) Y
MECH 3V95 Topics in Mechanical Engineering (1-9 semester hours) Subject matter will vary from semester to semester. May be repeated as topics vary (9 hours maximum) ([1-9]-0) R
MECH 4110 Systems Laboratory (1 semester hour) Project-based course associated with MECH 4310. Laboratory course focused on design, implementation, and use of portable digital data acquisition systems for characterization and control of dynamic mechanical systems. Emphasis on durable systems developed for harsh environments. Experiments design to test and evaluate control processes of dynamic mechanical systems. Co-requisite: MECH 4310. (0-1) Y
MECH 4310 Systems and Controls (3 semester hours) Lecture course. Introduction to linear control theory. General structure of control systems. Mathematical models including differential equations, transfer functions, and state space. Control system characteristics. Transient response, external disturbance, and steady-state error. Control system analysis. Performance, stability, root-locus method, Bode diagram, and Nyquist plot. Control system design. Compensation design using phase-lead and phase-lag networks. Prerequisites: MECH 3302 and MECH 3310. Pre- or corequisite: MECH 4110. (3-0) Y
MECH 4330 Intermediate Fluid Mechanics (3 semester hours) Lecture course. This course covers ideal fluid flow, including potential flow theory, computer solutions in ideal fluid flow, viscous flow and boundary layer theory and introduction to turbulence. Prerequisites: MECH 3310 and MECH 3315. (3-0) Y
MECH 4340 Mechanical Vibrations (3 semester hours) Lecture course. This course covers harmonic and periodic motion including both damped and undamped free and forced vibration, single- and multi-degree-of-freedom systems and matrix techniques suitable for digital computer solution. Prerequisite: MECH 3302. (3-0) Y
MECH 4350 Applied Heat Transfer (3 semester hours) Lecture course. This course extends topics beyond those found in the first course in heat transfer (MECH 3320), as well as introducing multi-mode heat transfer analyses. More complex heat transfer problems, both transient and steady state, with an awareness of the interactions associated with integrating various modes of energy transfer are introduced. Examples of current heat transfer applications are incorporated into the course material. Prerequisite: MECH 3320. (3-0) Y
MECH 4360 Introduction to Nanostructured Materials (3 semester hours) Lecture course. The emphasis in this course is to introduce students to the science of the building blocks of nanostructured materials, their chemical and structural characterization, material behavior, and the technological implications of these materials. Special attention is devoted to presenting new developments in this field and future perspectives. Prerequisite: MECH 3320. (3-0) Y
MECH 4370 Introduction to MEMS (3 semester hours) Lecture course. This course will target an audience of motivated senior-level undergraduates, with the goal of providing an introduction to M/NEMS fabrication techniques, selected device applications, and the design tradeoffs in developing systems. Prerequisite: MECH 3350. (3-0) Y
MECH 4381 Senior Design Project 1 (3 semester hours) Project-based capstone course. Student groups design, build, and test a device that solves an open-ended mechanical engineering design problem. MECH 4381 focuses on background research and engineering analysis, MECH 4382 on prototype construction and testing. As a designated MECH Writing-Intensive Course, MECH 4381-4382 also focuses on the refinement of students' engineering communications skills and their use of writing as a critical-thinking and learning tool. Prerequisites: MECH 3320, MECH 3341, MECH 3350 and MECH 4310; and ECS 3390. (3-0) Y
MECH 4382 Senior Design Project 2 (3 semester hours) Project-based capstone course. Student groups design, build, and test a device that solves an open-ended mechanical engineering design problem. MECH 4381 focuses on background research and engineering analysis, MECH 4382 on prototype construction and testing. As a designated MECH Writing-Intensive Course, MECH 4381-4382 also focuses on the refinement of students' engineering communications skills and their use of writing as a critical-thinking and learning tool. Prerequisite: MECH 4381. (3-0) Y
MECH 4V95 Topics in Mechanical Engineering (1-9 semester hours) Subject matter will vary from semester to semester. May be repeated as topics vary (9 hours maximum) ([1-9]-0) R