Engineering Your Future: Comprehensive Introduction to Engineering, 2009-2010 Edition / Edition 6

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Students cannot make an educated decision about what career to pursue without adequate information. This Comprehensive Version from the Engineering Your Future series provides a broad introduction to the study and practice of engineering. It presents vital information in an interesting and easy-to-read manner.

New to the 2009-2010 Edition:

• Updated Statistical Information

• Updated Examples and References

New to the Sixth Edition:

• Fully Updated Graduation, Employment, and Salary Statistics Data

• Updated Graphical Communication Chapter

Changes made in the Fourth and Fifth Editions:

• Upgraded Computer Tools Chapter

• New Project Management Chapter

• New, brief, 3-page PowerPoint Tutorial

• Improved Technical Communications Chapter including new Oral Communications material

• Revised Graphics chapter with improved art

• Revised Engineering Fundamentals Chapters with some material re-adjusted to precise introductory level

Engineering Your Future has been developed with the following goals and objectives:

* To introduce students to the broad spectrum of the engineering profession.
* To encourage students to explore the challenges, problems, issues, and functions of the various engineering fields.
* To provide students with a perspective of the necessary written and oral communication skills used by engineers.
* To introduce students to the professional character and ethical responsibility of engineers.
* To provide students with an awareness of historic engineering developments and their impact on society.
* To introduce students to the global scope of the present-day engineering community.
* To present problem solving skills that will aid in the success of students in the classroom.
* To assist students in applying common computer software, useful in their studies.
* To introduce students to a design methodology for use in subsequent design courses.
* To provide students with the latest statistics relative to the engineering community.

Most engineering colleges offer a freshman course that introduces students to the profession. There is a problem, however: no two courses seem to cover the same topics. There is usually significant overlap, but each course covers many topics that are different from those contained in the several books typically available. This Comprehensive Version from our Engineering Your Future series covers more topics than any other introductory text.

The primary objective of the authors in developing this book is to provide a text that allows a wide variety of material to be considered for selection in the freshman engineering course. The idea is that only a subset of the topics presented would be selected for a given course. The many topics included allow for wide latitude in course development.

The text contains examples within each chapter and assignments afterwards. The assignments include a collection of numerical, writing, and hands-on exercises. The goal is to encourage students to become familiar with the material being presented and, in some cases, to do further exploration.

There are four versions of Engineering Your Future in the series to meet a wide variety of course needs: Problem-Oriented, Short Course, Comprehensive, and A Brief Student's Guide.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199767854
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 7/15/2009
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. William C. Oakes is Associate Professor of Freshman Engineering at Purdue University.
Dr. Les L. Leone is Director of Cooperative Engineering Education at Michigan State University.
Craig J. Gunn is Director of Communications in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Michigan State University.

Dr. John B. Dilworth, Professor of Engineering Ethics, Professional Ethics and Business Ethics, Western Michigan University.
Dr. Heidi A. Diefes, Assistant Professor of Freshman Engineering and Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Purdue University.
Dr. Ralph E. Flori, Jr., Associate Professor, Basic Engineering, University of Missouri-Rolla.
Dr. Merle C. Potter, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Michigan State University.
Michael F. Young, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics, Michigan Technological University.

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Table of Contents

The World of Engineering

1. The History of Engineering
1.1 Introduction
1.2 Getting Started
1.3 The Beginnings of Engineering
1.4 The Overview Approach
1.5 Traveling Through the Ages
1.6 A Case Study of Two Historical Engineers
1.7 The History of the Disciplines References Exercises and Activities

2. Engineering Majors
2.1 An Introduction to the Field
2.2 Engineering Functions
2.3 Engineering Majors
2.4 Emerging Fields
2.5 Closing Thoughts
2.6 Engineering and Technical Organizations References Exercises and Activities

3. Profiles of Working Engineers

4. A Statistical Profile of the Profession
4.1 Statistical Overview
4.2 College Enrollment Trends
4.3 College Majors of Recent Engineering Students
4.4 Degrees in Engineering
4.5 Job Placement Trends
4.6 Salaries of Engineers
4.7 The Diversity of the Profession
4.8 Distribution of Engineers
4.9 Engineering Employment
4.10 Percent of Students Unemployed
4.11 A Word from Employers Exercises and Activities

5. Global and International Engineering
5.1 Introduction
5.2 The Evolving Global Marketplace
5.3 International Opportunities
5.4 Preparing for a Global Career Exercises and Activities

6. Future Challenges
6.1 Expanding World Population
6.2 Pollution
6.3 Energy
6.4 Transportation
6.5 Infrastructure
6.6 Aerospace
6.7 Competitiveness / Productivity Exercises and Activities

Studying Engineering

7. Succeeding in the Classroom
7.1 Introduction
7.2 Attitude
7.3 Goals
7.4 Keys to Effectiveness
7.5 Test-taking
7.6 Making the Most of Your Professors
7.7 Learning Styles
7.8 Well-Rounded Equals Effective
7.9 Your Effective Use of Time
7.10 Accountability
7.11 Overcoming Challenges References Exercises and Activities

8. Problem-Solving
8.1 Introduction
8.2 Analytic and Creative Problem Solving
8.3 The Analytic Problem Solving
8.4 The Creative Problem Solving
8.5 Personal Problem Solving Styles
8.6 Brainstorming Strategies
8.7 Critical Thinking References Exercises and Activities

9. Visualization and Graphics
9.1 Why Study Visualization and Graphics?
9.2 The Theory of Projection
9.3 The Glass Box Theory
9.4 First and Third Angle Projections
9.5 The Meaning of Lines
9.6 Hidden Lines
9.7 Cylindrical Features and Radii
9.8 The Alphabet of Lines and Line Precedence
9.9 Freehand Sketching
9.10 Pictorial Sketching
9.11 Visualization
9.12 Scales and Measuring
9.13 Coordinate Systems and Three Dimensional Space Exercises

10. Computer Tools for Engineers
10.1 Introduction
10.2 The Internet
10.3 Word Processing Programs
10.4 Spreadsheets
10.5 Mathematics Software
10.6 Presentation Software
10.7 Operating Systems
10.8 Programming Languages
10.9 Advanced Engineering Packages References Exercises and Activities

11. Teamwork Skills
11.1 Introduction
11.2 What Makes a Successful Team?
11.3 Growth Stages of a Team
11.4 Team Leadership
11.5 How Effective Teams Work
11.6 The Character of a Leader
11.7 Team Grading References Exercises and Activities

12. Project Management
12.1 Introduction
12.2 Creating a Project Charter
12.3 Task Definitions
12.4 Milestones
12.5 Defining Times
12.6 Organizing the Tasks
12.7 PERT Charts
12.8 Critical Paths
12.9 Gantt Charts
12.10 Details, Details
12.11 Personnel Distribution
12.12 Money and Resources
12.13 Document As You Go
12.14 Team Roles References Exercises

13. Engineering Design
13.1 What Is Engineering Design
13.2 The Design Process
13.3 A Case Study
13.4 A Student Example of the 10-Stage Design Process Exercises and Activities

14. Communication Skills
14.1 Why Do We Communicate?
14.2 Oral Communication Skills
14.3 Written Communication Skills
14.4 Other Types of Communication
14.5 Relevant Readings Exercises and Activities

15. The Ethics of Engineering
15.1 Introduction
15.2 The Nature of Ethics
15.3 The Nature of Engineering Ethics
15.4 The Issues and Topics of Engineering Ethics
15.5 Engineering Ethics and Legal Issues Exercises

The Fundamentals of Engineering

16. Units and Conversions
16.1 History
16.2 The SI System of Units
16.3 Derived Units
16.4 Prefixes
16.5 Numerals
16.6 Conversions References Exercises

17. Mathematics Review
17.1 Algebra
17.2 Trigonometry
17.3 Geometry
17.4 Complex Numbers
17.5 Linear Algebra
17.6 Calculus
17.7 Probability and Statistics Exercises

18. Engineering Fundamentals
18.1 Statics
18.2 Dynamics
18.3 Thermodynamics
18.4 Electrical Circuits
18.5 Engineering Economics

The Engineer on Campus

19. The Campus Experience
19.1 Orienting Yourself to Your Campus
19.2 Exploring
19.3 Determining and Planning Your Major
19.4 Get into the Habit of Asking Questions
19.5 The "People Issue"
19.6 Searching for Campus Resources
19.7 Other Important Issues
19.8 Final Thoughts Exercises and Activities

20. Financial Aid
20.1 Introduction
20.2 Parental Assistance
20.3 Is Financial Assistance For You?
20.4 Scholarships
20.5 Loans
20.6 Work-Study
20.7 Scams
20.8 The Road Ahead Awaits Exercises and Activities

21. Engineering Work Experience
21.1 A Job and Experience
21.2 Summer Jobs
21.3 Volunteer
21.4 Supervised Independent Study
21.5 Internships
21.6 Cooperative Education
21.7 Which Is Best for You?
Exercises and Activities

22. Connections: Liberal Arts and Engineering
22.1 What Are "Connections"?
22.2 Why Study Liberal Arts?
Exercises and Activities

Appendix A: The Basics of PowerPoint Appendix B: An Introduction to MATLAB Index

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