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Overview

Now in dynamic full color, this Fifth Edition of ENGINEERING FUNDAMENTALS: AN INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING helps students develop the strong problem-solving skills and solid foundation in fundamental principles they will need to become analytical, detail-oriented, and creative engineers. The book opens with an overview of what engineers do, an inside glimpse of the various areas of specialization, and a straightforward look at what it takes to succeed. It then covers the basic physical concepts and laws that students will encounter on the job. To tie these principles to professional engineering, the author includes Professional Profiles that highlight the work of practicing engineers from around the globe. Using a flexible, modular format, the Fifth Edition demonstrates how engineers apply physical and chemical laws and principles, as well as mathematics, to design, test, and supervise the production of millions of parts, products, and services that people use every day.

Saeed Moaveni, Minnesota State University at Mankato

Dr. Saeed Moaveni, P.E., is a successful author, instructor, and engineering professional. Dr. Moaveni has nearly 30 years of experience in teaching, research, and consulting in mechanical and civil engineering related areas, including inverse problems, solar and renewable energy technology, geophysical problems, and education. He has taught at Colorado State University, University of South Carolina, Syracuse University, Norwich University, and Minnesota State University. He also has been invited abroad as a visiting professor at numerous universities. Dr. Moaveni is the recipient of the Jack Cermak Distinguished Professor Fellowship and the American Society of Engineering Education Young (New) Faculty Award. He has served as Dean of the David Crawford School of Engineering at Norwich University and Chair of the Mechanical and Civil Engineering Department at Minnesota State University. Dr. Moaveni is a licensed professional engineer in the State of New York and a member of American Society for Engineering Education, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the American Society of Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning Engineers, and the Council on Undergraduate Research.
  • A new full color design makes key content more engaging and easier to find.
  • A new focus on Learning Objectives and in-text testing complies with ABET requirements and helps students master content.
  • A full digital package, including animations, assessments, and a course-management system, gives students and instructors additional tools to make the course more rewarding.
  • End-of-chapter problems now include Research Problems that encourage students to solve problems using both the Internet and traditional research methods, Communication Problems that emphasize the importance of developing good written and oral communication skills, and Teamwork Problems that encourage group participation.
  • Highlighted concepts, "Discussion Starters" (current readings followed by discussion questions) and section-ending "Before You Go On" questions help students understand and apply key concepts and skills.
  • A number of assignments that require information gathering using the Internet or employing traditional methods help students develop skills in gathering and properly using information.
  • Complimentary PowerPoint slides (created by the author) provide content for lectures (set one) and images and examples from the text (set two).
  • Using a flexible modular structure, the book is organized into six parts that build upon each other, allowing students to hone their problem solving skills and develop an understanding of fundamental principles.
  • Each chapter begins with learning objectives and concludes by summarizing what the reader should have learned from studying that chapter.
  • Definitions, relevant everyday examples, and drawings work together to help students master key concepts.
  • Enough material is provided to give instructors the flexibility to choose specific topics to meet specific course and student needs.
Part I: ENGINEERING AN EXCITING PROFESSION.
1. INTRODUCTION TO THE ENGINEERING PROFESSION.
Engineering Work Is All Around You. Engineering as a Profession. Common Traits of Good Engineering. Engineering Disciplines.
2. PREPARING FOR AN ENGINEERING CAREER.
Making the Transition from High School to College. Budgeting your Time. Study Habits and Strategies. Getting Involved with an Engineering Organization. Your Graduation Plan.
3. INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING DESIGN.
Engineering Design Process. Additional Design Considerations. Teamwork. Project Scheduling and Task Chart. Engineering Standards and Codes. Water Standards in the United States.
4. ENGINEERING COMMUNICATION.
Engineering Communication Skills and Presentation of Engineering Work. Basic Steps Involved in the Solutions of Engineering Problems. Written Communication. Oral Communication. Graphical Communication.
5. ENGINEERING ETHICS.
Engineering Ethics. The Code of Ethics of the National Society of Engineers. Engineer''s Creed.
Part II: ENGINEERING FUNDAMENTALS.
6. FUNDAMENTAL DIMENSIONS AND UNITS.
Fundamental Dimensions and Units. Systems of Units. Unit Conversion and Dimensional Homogeneity. Significant Digits (Figures). Components and Systems. Physical Laws and Observations.
7. LENGTH AND LENGTH-RELATED VARIABLES IN ENGINEERING.
Length as a Fundamental Dimension. Ratio of Two Lengths Radians and Strain. Area. Volume. Second Moment of Area.
8. TIME AND TIME-RELATED VARIABLES IN ENGINEERING.
Time as a Fundamental Dimension. Measurement of Time. Periods and Frequencies. Flow of Traffic. Engineering Variables Involving Length and Time.
9. MASS AND MASS-RELATED VARIABLES IN ENGINEERING.
Mass as a Fundamental Dimension. Density, Specific Weight, Specific Gravity, and Specific Volume. Mass Flow Rate. Mass Moment of Inertia. Momentum. Conservation of Mass.
10. FORCE AND FORCE-RELATED VARIABLES IN ENGINEERING.
Force. Newton''s Laws in Mechanics. Moment, Torque-Force Acting at a Distance. Work-Force Acting Over a Distance. Pressure and Stress-Force Acting Over an Area. Linear Impulse-Force Acting Over Time.
11. TEMPERATURE AND TEMPERATURE-RELATED VARIABLES IN ENGINEERING.
Temperature as a Fundamental Dimension. Temperature Difference and Heat Transfer. Thermal Comfort. Heating Values of Fuels. Degree Days and Energy Estimation. Temperature-Related Material Properties.
12. ELECTRIC CURRENT AND RELATED VARIABLES IN ENGINEERING.
Electric Currents, Voltage, and Electric Power. Electric Circuits and Components. Electric Motors. Lighting Systems.
13. ENERGY AND POWER.
Work, Mechanical Energy, and Thermal Energy. Conservation of Energy. Power. Efficiency. Energy Sources, Generation, and Consumption.
Part III: COMPUTATIONAL ENGINEERING TOOLS.
14. COMPUTATIONAL ENGINEERING TOOLS: ELECTRONIC SPREADSHEETS.
Microsoft Excel Basics. Excel Functions. Plotting with Excel. Matrix Computation with Excel.
15. COMPUTATIONAL ENGINEERING TOOLS: MATLAB.
MATLAB Basics. MATLAB functions, Loop Control, and Conditional Statements. Plotting with MATLAB. Matrix Computations with MATLAB. Symbolic Mathematics with MATLAB.
Part IV: ENGINEERING GRAPHICAL COMMUNICATION.
16. ENGINEERING DRAWINGS AND SYMBOLS.
Mechanical Drawings. Civil, Electrical, and Electronic Drawings. Solid Modelling. Engineering Symbols.
Part V: ENGINEERING MATERIAL SELECTION.
17. ENGINEERING MATERIALS.
Material Selection and Origin. The Properties of Materials. Metals. Concrete. Wood, Plastics, Silicon, Glass, and Composites. Fluid Materials: Air and Water.
Part VI: MATHEMATICS, STATISTICS, AND ENGINEERING ECONOMICS.
18. MATHEMATICS IN ENGINEERING.
Mathematical Symbols and Greek Alphabet. Linear Models. Nonlinear Models. Exponential and Logarithmic Models. Matrix Algebra. Calculus.
19. PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS IN ENGINEERING.
Probability-Basic Ideas. Statistics-Basic Ideas. Frequency Distributions. Measures of Central Tendency and Variation-Mean, Median, and Standard Deviation. Normal Distribution.
20. ENGINEERING ECONOMICS.
Cash Flow Diagrams. Simple and Compound Interest. Future Worth of a Present Amount and Present Worth of a Future Amount. Effective Interest Rate. Present and Future Worth of Series Payment. Choosing the Best Alternatives-Decision Making. Excel Financial Functions.
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