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Introduction to Engineering – Fall 2015

All College of Engineering students must earn 2.0 credits of Introduction to Engineering. The Introduction to Engineering course is scheduled for completion in the freshman year and is intended to provide an introduction to engineering analysis and/or design.

ENG EK 131 and ENG EK 132 are 2.0 credit half-semester courses. ENG EK 131 meets during the first six weeks of the semester. ENG EK 132 meets during the second six weeks of the semester. You must complete either ENG EK 131 or ENG EK 132.

EK 131 begins on September 2 and ends on October 19

The last day to add an EK 131 module is September 14
The last day to drop EK 131, without a W is September 21
The last day to drop EK 131, with a W is October 5

EK 132 begins on October 26 and ends on December 9

The last day to add an EK 132 module is November 2
The last day to drop EK 132, without a W is November 9
The last day to drop EK 131, with a W is November 24

ENG EK 131/132 BB: Seeing Small Things: Microscopy in Modern Science

Professor Allen
MW 3-5pm
Enroll Limit: 15
Location: ERA B11

The limit of resolution of the human eye is a fraction of a millimeter, but scientist and engineers have invented technologies to let us image and measure things down to the atomic level. In this module, we will examine various types of microscopy and the underlying physics and chemistry that allow them. Students will get an introduction to optics and different light microscopy imaging methods (absorption, diffraction, fluorescence, confocal) . Single molecule imaging, photoconversion and supra-resolution imaging will be discussed to illustrate how the field is developing. 2.0 credits

ENG EK 131/132 B1: Biomedical Engineering Environments

Professor Jackson
MW 3-5pm
Enroll Limit: 15
Location: SOC B65

Biomedical engineers perform a wide variety of functions in a wide variety of environments including laboratories or clinics in hospitals, product (hardware or software) design and development in private industry, biotech/pharmaceutical research and development. This module will provide an introduction to some of these functions and environments through lectures as well as tours. The scientific basis of instrumentation/equipment/processes will be presented in lectures as well as on, or off campus tours. As examples, tours may include facilities for medical imaging including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and computer tomography (CT) imaging, the physiology/surgery simulation lab at Children's Hospital, and BU's NeuroMuscular Research Center. 2.0 credits

ENG EK 131/132 EA: Photonics - Engineering with Light

Professor Swan
MW 3-5pm
Enroll Limit: 30
Location: PSY B47

Curious about photonics? This module offers a brief introduction to the physical principles of light and how light is used in many different engineering applications- from familiar consumer products, optical communication to novel bio-sensing methods. Lectures will be supplemented with visits to Photonics Center facilities and laboratories, and by hands-on projects where you will design and build a photonics device. 2.0 credits

ENG EK 131/132 EB The Electric Guitar as a Gateway to Electro-acoustics

Professor Robert Kotiuga
MW 10-12pm
Enroll Limit: 30
Location: SOC B59

The electric guitar evolves concurrently with the electrical reproduction of recorded music. This hands-on course uses the electric guitar as a gateway to musical acoustics and electro-acoustics. Before considering how electronics and amplifiers have become an integral "part of the instrument", we review the basics of hearing, musical scales, resonance and the fundamentals of fretted string instruments. By examining the notions of distortion, compression, and feedback, an understanding is developed, of how the rock guitarist's effects and multi-track recording are antithetical to the audiophile's quest. This also provides a means of distinguishing "hi fi" from various notions of "good sound". The course will be supported by field trips, demos and labs. 2.0 credits

ENG EK 131/132 M1: Materials Processing/Product Fabrication

Professor Sarin
MW 3-5pm
Enroll Limit: 20
Location: EPC 206

Materials processing used to manufacture products is a very broad activity, encompassing everything from control theory to accountancy. The word manufacture is several centuries old, and was derived from two Latin words manus (hand) and factus (make); the combination implying made by hand. Although it accurately described manual methods used when the word was coined, today manufacturing is accomplished by automated and computer-controlled machinery. The course will concentrate on basic material processing techniques (i.e. casting, machining, and joining) that have been used throughout the centuries to convert materials into products. The scientific base and fundamental nature of these processes will be developed in lectures and their pragmatic application will be demonstrated and taught in the laboratory. Based on this knowledge and experience each student will fabricate a prototype of a specific product and try and market it (to the class) to appraise its commercialization potential. 2.0 credits

ENG EK 131/132 M1: Mechanical Design for Manufacture

Professor de Winter
TR 2-4pm
Enroll Limit: 25
Location: PHO 202

Engineering design requires that thorough analysis precede detailed drawings and the manufacture of prototypes and products. This module serves as an introduction to stress analysis, micro and macro behavior of engineering materials and basic mechanics. Topics covered include analyses of stress and strain, transmission of power, torque, friction, and efficiency. An introduction to Computer Aided Design will include an assignment on SolidWorks, which is state-of-the-art software used in industry. A simple design project is included in the module. 2.0 credits