D. E. Richards

Sophomore Engineering Curriculum Resources*

Systems, Accounting, and Modeling Approach to Engineering Science
  • One-Page Description of Key Concepts in the Systems, Accounting, and Modeling Approach

  • ASEE paper that discusses this approach as it applies to integrating the engineering science component of the mechanical engineering curriculum. Includes several worked out example problems that demonstrate this approach:
      D. E. Richards, "Integrating the Mechanical Engineering Core," Proceedings of the 2001 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, American  Society for Engineering Education, Washington D.C., 2001. Presented 26 June 2001 in Albuquerque, NM.
  • Workshop materials on "A Unified Approach to Engineering Science" that describes the motivation and key features of this approach. (Presentation slides ----- Handout ----- Example problems using this approach). See next section for material on how this approach can be used as the basis for an engineering science curriculum.

  • Textbooks that use this approach:

    • D. E. Richards. Basic Engineering Science -- A Systems, Accounting, and Modeling Approach, 2001. Available from the author at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. This text presents six physical laws -- conservation of mass, conservation of charge, conservation of linear and angular momentum, conservation of energy, and accounting of entropy -- using a common framework and applies these principles to the solution of typical engineering problems using a common problem solving approach. More information can be obtained from the Preface and Table of Contents.

    • C. J. Glover, K. M. Lunsford, and J. A. Fleming. Conservation Principles and the Structure of Engineering, McGraw-Hill College Custom Series, New York, 1992. The original engineering textbook that demonstrated how this approach can be used at the undergraduate level for engineering science.

    • W. C. Reynolds. Introduction to Engineering Analysis: An integrated approach to the fundamental principles that underlie all engineering analysis, Preliminary Edition, Spring 2000. Available from the author at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University.

    • H. U.  Fuchs. The Dynamics of Heat, Springer-Verlag, New York, 1996. A physicist's perspective on system physics.

    • M. T. Holtzapple and W. D. Reece. Foundations of Engineering, McGraw-Hill, Boston, 2000. A freshman engineering text that introduces this approach.

  • A comparison of student performance solving dynamics problems between traditionally-educated students and students taught using the systems, accounting, and modeling approach is discussed in a paper by P. Cornwell and J. Fine. Similar paper published as 
    • P. J. Cornwell and J. M. Fine, "Mechanics in the Rose-Hulman Foundation Coalition Sophomore Curriculum," International Journal of Engineering Education, Vol. 16, No. 5, pp. 441-446, 2000.

Rose-Hulman / Foundation-Coalition Sophomore Engineering Curriculum
 *All links are to PDF files unless indicated otherwise.

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Revised -- 26 April 2002
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