Foundations Of Engineering

Overview of this Lesson

This lesson introduces topics that are foundational to studying any engineering topic including fluid mechanics.

  • Engineering Analysis: Using calculations so our designs are faster and better
  • Knowledge Construction: Getting knowledge down so is useful and it is remembered (forever)
  • Prototyping: Running experiments and getting data to test our KC and engineering analysis

Benefits of this Lesson

  • Learn about Wales Woods Model (the easy way to do calcs in the real world)
  • Learn foundational concepts: derivative, integral, mass, weight, …
  • Learn the ideal gas law
  • Learn about KC (knowledge construction)
  • Learn the meaning of unit, dimension (primary and secondary)
  • Learn how to carry and cancel units with grid method
  • Learn how to check an equation for dimensional homogeneity (DH)

Goals (Results We Intend to Achieve)

  • Learners know foundational concepts: derivative, integral, mass, weight, and ideal gas.
  • Learners know the Ideal Gas Law
  • Learners can give a one-sentence definition of unit, dimension, dimensional homogeneity
  • Learners can apply GRID method to level 5
  • Learners can check an equation for DH to level 5
  • Learners can apply the steps of Wales/Woods to a simple problem

Steps to Reach Goals

1. Assessing Knowledge and Practice.
Take the quiz.

2. Units Practices.
a. Learn units and dimensions.
b. Learn the grid method.
Resource! Video: How to do grid method.
c. Learn how to check an equation for dimensional homogeneity.
Resource! consistent units

3. Wales/Woods Model.
a. Resource! Video showing how to solve EFM9e Problem #2.9. Handout

4. Knowledge Construction.
a. Make sure your know derivative, integral, mass, weight, and ideal gas.
b. Make sure you know the Ideal gas law.

5. Lesson Review.
a. [add form] Review your learning process.
b. Review the lesson.

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