Mechanical Engineering Course Descriptions

MECH 1208 Introduction to Mechanical Engineering (2 semester hours) The purpose of this course is to give students a general understanding of the broad range of technical areas and applications specific to the mechanical engineering profession. Course exercises include team-oriented competitions, lectures by various external mechanical engineering experts, and introductory materials associated with the discipline. Prerequisite: ECS 1200. Corequisites: PHYS 2325/2125 and MATH 2419 or MATH 2414. (1-1) 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. Pre- or co-requisite: MECH 2320; it is strongly recommended that the laboratory is taken the next long semester after completion of the corresponding class. (0-1) Y

ENGR 2300 Linear Algebra for Engineers (3 semester hours) Matrices, vectors, linear systems of equations, Gauss-Jordan elimination, LU factorization and rank. Vector spaces, linear dependence/independence, basis and change of basis. Linear transformations and matrix representation; similarity, scalar products, orthogonality, Gram-Schmidt procedures and QR factorization. Determinants, eigenvalues, eigenvectors, and diagonalization. Introduction to problem solving using MATLAB. Introduction to complex variables. This course includes a required laboratory. Students cannot get credit for both ENGR 2300 and MATH 2418. Pre- or corequisite: MATH 2414 or MATH 2419. (3-1) 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. Prerequisite: MECH 1208. Corequisites: ENGR 2300, MATH 2420 and 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. Prerequisite: MECH 2310. Recommended co-requisite: 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 mechanical properties of materials using experimental studies. This laboratory concentrates on the characterization of the relationships of microscopic and macroscopic mechanical behavior of materials using experimental techniques. Pre- or co-requisite: MECH 3301; it is strongly recommended that the laboratory is taken the next long semester after completion of the corresponding class. (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. Pre- or co-requisite: MECH 3305;  it is strongly recommended that the laboratory is taken the next long semester after completion of the corresponding class. (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. Pre- or co-requisite: MECH 3315; it is strongly recommended that the laboratory is taken the next long semester after completion of the corresponding class. (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. Pre- or co-requisite: MECH 3320; it is strongly recommended that the laboratory is taken the next long semester after completion of the corresponding class. (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. Pre- or co-requisite: MECH 3350; it is strongly recommended that the laboratory is taken the next long semester after completion of the corresponding class. (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. Pre- or co-requisite: MECH 3351; it is strongly recommended that the laboratory is taken the next long semester after completion of the corresponding class. (0-1) Y

ENGR 3300 Advanced Engineering Mathematics (3 semester hours) Study of advanced mathematics topics needed in the study of engineering. Topics include review of complex variables, multivariate calculus and analytic geometry, study of polar, cylindrical, and spherical coordinates, vector differential calculus, vector integral calculus, and vector integral theorems. Examples are provided from electromagnetic, fluid mechanics, physics and geometry. Prerequisite: MATH 2415 or MATH 2419. (3-0) S

MECH 3301 Mechanics of Materials (3 semester hours) Lecture course. Course material includes determination of stresses, deflections, and stability of deformable bodies, including theory of advanced beams, elasticity and matrix structural analysis. Prerequisite: MECH 2320. Co-requisites: ENGR 3300, ENGR 3341. Recommended co-requisite: 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. Prerequisites: ENGR 3300, MECH 2310. Recommended 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. Prerequisites: ECS 1200, MATH 2420, PHYS 2325. Co-requisites: CS 1325 or ECS 1337. Recommended co-requisites: MECH 3105. (3-0) Y

MECH 3310 Thermodynamics (3 semester hours) Lecture course. This course focuses on introductory concepts and definitions of thermodynamics, Energy and the availability and reversible work, machine, and cycle processes; real gas behavior; first law of thermodynamics, phase-change, internal energy, energy balance, entropy, ideal gas, control volume analysis, second law of thermodynamics, vapor, gas and refrigeration power systems. Prerequisites: MECH 1208, ENGR 3300, PHYS 2325. Co-requisites: CHEM 1311. (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: ENGR 3300, ENGR 3341. Co-requisites: ENGR 2300, MECH 3310. Recommended co-requisite: MECH 3115. (Same as PHYS 3315) (3-0) Y

MECH 3320 Heat Transfer (3 semester hours) Lecture course. This course focuses on the steady and unsteady conduction in one- and two-dimensions; forced convection, internal and external flows; heat exchangers; introduction to radiation; elements of thermal system design. Prerequisite: MECH 3310 and MECH 3315. Recommended co-requisite: MECH 3120. (3-0) Y

ENGR 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 multiple random variables, moments, central limit theorem, elementary statistics, empirical distribution correlation. Students cannot get credit for both CS/SE 3341 and ENGR 3341. Prerequisite: MATH 2414 or MATH 2419. Recommended co-requisite: MATH 2420. (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. Prerequisites: MECH 2320, ENGR 3300. Co-requisites: PHYS 2326. Recommended co-requisite: 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. Recommended co-requisite: 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 the modeling and parameter identification of dynamical systems, and the design and implementation of control systems. Pre- or co-requisite: MECH 4310; it is strongly recommended that the laboratory is taken the next long semester after completion of the corresponding class. (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 and steady-state error. Control system analysis. Performance, stability, root-locus method, Bode diagram, and Nyquist plot. Control system design. Compensation design using PID, phase-lead, and phase-lag controllers. Prerequisites: ENGR 2300, MATH 2420, MECH 2310 and MECH 3315. Recommended co-requisite: 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 computer simulations. Prerequisites: ENGR 3341, 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 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. Prerequisites: CHEM 1311, MECH 3301. (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. Prerequisites: CHEM 1311, MECH 3310, 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 2320, MECH 3310, MECH 3315, MECH 3350, 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