GE 104 – Freshman Engineering 1 – Fall Quarter 2008  
Date 
Topic 
Reading 
Links 
Assignment


Aquarium Lecture Series – Intro to Engineering 

1 
9/10  AQUA1: Definition of engineering  
1 
9/12  AQUA2: Oral presentation skills: OneMinute Engineer, RSVP framework and rubric  Oakes 1.11.7  Links to videos from lecture:


2 
9/15  AQUA3: Aquarium design example  Oakes 2.12.5, 14.114.2  OME schedule  
2 
9/17  AQUA4: Aquarium design, continued; Introduction to ABET and Criterion 3  Oakes 4.14.11 Learning Styles & Strategies 
Learning style: Index (answer questions, turn in) Why? Learning Styles & Strategies ? Class results 

2 
9/19  WRITING1: intro, OME pointers (memos, presentations)  Beer 1, 4, 9 (updated)  
Design and Teamwork Lecture Series 

3 
9/22  DT1: Intro to design through building a tower of straws  Oakes 13.113.4 Engineering Design Method handout 
Homework: memo due 9/26  
3 
9/24  DT2: teamwork and team tools GRPI handout  Oakes 11.111.7  Start of OME presentations  
3 
9/26  WRITING2: email, letters, tables, figures + finishing up DT2  Beer 4, 7, Oakes 14.4  Tower of Straws assignment  
Criteria and Constraints Lecture Series 

4 
9/29  CC1: Criteria and decision matrices: Tower of Straws  Oakes 8.18.7 
handouts: 1) TOS 2) Decision matrix 3) Excel hints 4) homework (due Friday) 

4 
10/1  CC2: Technical vs. realistic constraints  Inclass design: transportation  
4 
10/3  CC3: Realistic constraints 1  
5 
10/6  CC4: Realistic constraints 2  
5 
10/8  CC5: Realistic constraints 3  
5 
10/10  Tower of Straws (ToS) Competition, part I  
Design Margins in Engineering Lecture Series 

6 
10/13  Tower of Straws (ToS) Competition, part II (postponed) WRITING3: Engineering writing tips + reflection on ToS 
(postponed: Beer 2) 
click for the Excel file with results  
6 
10/15  ASE1: Accuracy, precision, and bias  
6 
10/17  Resistor Lab  
7 
10/20  ASE2 & 3: What is error? & Introduction to statistics  
7 
10/22  ASE4: Introduction to statistics (click for slides), continued  Oakes, section 17.7 (p. 456)  
7 
10/24  ASE5: Astable Multivibrator Design  
Analysis Method 

8 
10/27  Engineering Method / Analysis Process  page on presentation of results  Oakes, Ch. 8 powerpoint from class Engineering Analysis handout 
Statistical analysis of R due  
8 
10/29  Example problem  click here for homework assignment  555 lab memo due  
8 
10/31  ASE6: 555 Timer Lab (Circuits Laboratory)  
9 
11/3  Introduction to Analysis problem (groups) **note: lab open for 555 reworks Tuesday 11/4 at 10:00 & 2:00 ** 
Tank analysis problem Writeup: tank problem 
Analysis (bricklayer) due  
9 
11/5  Analysis  555 Timer report due  
9 
11/7  Lab re: analysis problem  
10 
11/10  ESL4: Future Challenges (note: ABET visit on campus ) HW: (1) Check your grades on WebCT, (2) answer: What will be on the final? 
Grand Challenges Paul Polak: Out of Poverty 

10 
11/12  Review for final exam (click for slides)  Oakes Ch. 6  Analysis problem due  
10 
free / make up day:  
F inal Exam: Thursday, November 20, 2008 from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. SciAnnex 207 