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Introduction to Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Department: Mechanical Engineering                      
Instructors: Maritza Sanchez and Jordan Campbell
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Prerequisites: None
Section ID: 153956
Schedule: Mon-Fri 9:00am - 10:00am PST 


Course Description

Mechanical Engineering covers the creation, design, and analysis of many types of systems, technologies, and materials. This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of Mechanical Engineering, as well as providing a brief introduction to Materials Science, and showing what role materials play for Mechanical Engineers. Students will also receive hands-on experience in applying mechanical engineering principles in several fun experiments throughout the course.

Course Goals / Learning Objectives

Each student will become familiar with:

  • The mechanical engineering profession
  • The basic ideas in engineering mechanics and materials
  • The scientific method
  • The basic tenants of engineering ethics and safety
  • The fundamentals of different types of materials
  • The fundamentals of mechanical testing

Course Outline

  • Introduction to units and nomenclature
  • Introduction to forces and moments.
  • Review and introduction to Cantilever
  • Introduction to trusses.
  • Solidworks balsa wood bridge tutorial and design/build/test bridge activity 
  • Introduction to gears and bearings .
  • Introduction to projectile motion. 
  • introduction to dynamics.
  • Introduction to Bernoulli.
  • Introduction to propulsion. 
  • Introduction to solar energy. 


*Courses vary by experience and exposure to content. Instructors have the ability to change content and pace to serve the needs of students. Courses have been modified for online teaching.