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A Project Based Introduction To Mechanical Engineering

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.83.1 - 6.83.11

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Trevor Tyler

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Steven Miner

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The Mechanical Engineering Department at the United States Naval Academy has developed and instituted a new introductory course that all mechanical engineering majors are required to take. The goals of the course are to introduce the midshipmen to the major areas of study in mechanical engineering, to enhance the visualization skills of the midshipmen, and to introduce the midship- men to the design process. For all three goals hands-on projects are used as the vehicle to intro- duce the midshipmen to mechanical engineering. The desire is to enhance their understanding and enthusiasm for the major, and to give them a basis for appreciating the sequence of engineering science courses. The course is sixteen weeks long with one lecture period and one laboratory period each week for a total of 2 credits. The design portion of the class takes approximately five weeks, the visualization skills occupy roughly five weeks, and the mechanical engineering topics portion of the class takes five weeks. This paper describes the format and content of the course, and provides a brief description of the projects used to address each goal. In addition, results from the first two offerings of the course are discussed.

Tyler, T., & Miner, S. (2001, June), A Project Based Introduction To Mechanical Engineering Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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