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Course Descriptions

Engineering Science

Curriculum Structure

The Rose-Hulman / Foundation Coalition Sophomore Engineering Curriculum consists of eight courses (30 credit hours) taken over the three quarters of the sophomore year. As shown below the courses are listed as either mathematics (MA) or engineering science (ES) courses:

FALL QUARTER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Credit Hours

MA 211 Differential Equations (4)
ES 201 Conservation & Accounting Principles (4)
ES 203 Electrical Systems (4)

WINTER QUARTER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Credit Hours

MA 212 Matrix Algebra & Systems of Differential Equations (4)
ES 202 Fluid & Thermal Systems (3)
ES 204 Mechanical Systems (3)

SPRING QUARTER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Credit Hours

MA 223 Statistics for Engineers (4)
ES 205 Analysis & Design of Engineering Systems (4)

TOTAL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Credit Hours

Curriculum Goals
This set of courses has been designed so that students who participate in this program should

  • develop a strong background in engineering science,

  • develop an understanding of modeling,

  • be able to apply a common problem-solving approach built around the application of conservation and accounting principles and constitutive relations,

  • continue to develop effective communication skills,

  • be proficient in applying standard statistical procedures and quality control concepts,

  • develop a strong background in mathematics,

  • be encouraged to be inquisitive and self-motivated learners,

  • develop an appreciation for engineering as a profession and begin to develop an identity as an engineer,

  • be able to work effectively in teams and recognize the importance of individual responsibility in team efforts,

  • be able to apply computer tools appropriately,

  • be comfortable working with ambiguity,

  • be familiar with the overall design process,

  • be able to locate and retrieve both technical and non-technical information,

  • be introduced to safe and effective use of instruments,

  • appreciate the role of creativity in engineering,

  • develop a recognition of the benefits of the new curriculum, and

  • be encouraged to have fun learning.

Each course in the curriculum has been developed around a set of course goals and objectives that support these seventeen curriculum goals.

Engineering Science - Course Descriptions

ES 201 Conservation & Accounting Principles 4R-0L-4C
Prerequisites: EM 121 Statics & Mechanics of Materials I 4R-0L-4C F, W, S, and MA 113 Calculus III 5R-0L-5C F,W,S, and PH 111 Physics I 3.5R-1.5L-4C F,W
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

A common framework for engineering analysis is developed using the concepts of a system, accounting and conservation of extensive properties, constitutive relations, constraints, and modeling assumptions. Conservation equations for mass, charge, momentum and energy, and an entropy accounting equation are developed. Applications taken from all engineering disciplines stress constructing solutions from basic principles.

ES 202 Fluid Systems 2 2/3R-1L-3C
Prerequisites: *with a grade of C or better
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Extend the conservation and accounting framework to examine fluid motion. Topics include dimensional analysis, pressure variation in both stationary and moving fluids, viscous effects including boundary layers, laminar and turbulent flow. Applications include lift and drag, pipe flow, compressible flow. Fundamental concepts are enriched by laboratory experiences.

ES 203 Electrical Systems 0C
Prerequisites: MA 113 Calculus III 5R-0L-5C F,W,S, and PH 112 Physics II 3.5R-1.5L-4C W,S,F, and EM 121 Statics & Mechanics of Materials I 4R-0L-4C F, W, S or EM 120 Engineering Statics 4R-0L-4C F, S
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Circuit elements, Kirchhoff's laws, equivalent circuits, voltage and current dividers, and analysis techniques for both DC and the phasor domain. AC circuits and power. Operational amplifiers. Integral laboratory.

ES 204 Mechanical Systems 2 2/3R-1L-3C
Prerequisites: ES 201 Conservation & Accounting Principles 4R-0L-4C F, S*, ME 123 Computer Programming 4R-0L-4C F,W,S** or BE 100 Problem Solving in the Biological Sciences & Engineering 3R-3L-4C S** or CSSE 120 Introduction to Software Development 3R-3L-4C F,W,S** *ES 201 with a grade of C or better ** or equivalent
Corequisites: ES 202 Fluid Systems 2 2/3R-1L-3C

Conservation and accounting equations applied to mechanical systems. Kinematics and kinetics of particles in space and of rigid bodies in plane motion.

ES 205 Analysis & Design of Engineering Systems 3R-3L-4C
Prerequisites: ES 203 Electrical Systems 0C F,W,S* or ECE 203 DC Circuits 3R-3L-4C S, F*, and ES 204 Mechanical Systems 2 2/3R-1L-3C S, F, and MA 211 Differential Equations 4R-0L-4C F,W,S *with a grade of C or better
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Conservation and accounting principles are used to model engineering systems comprising mechanical, electrical, fluid, and thermal elements. Dynamic behavior and performance criteria are characterized in the time and frequency domains. Topics include block diagrams, deriving and solving differential equations of motion, experimental parameter identification and model validation, teaming, and reporting engineering results.