ENGR211 Fall 2004
Syllabus and Course Information

Instructor: Jim Maneval, 342 Dana, 577-1669, maneval@bucknell.edu

Office hours are 8-9 F in 325 Dana and 3-5 W in Dana 342. Other hours are possible by appointment or whenever I am in my office and not occupied with something else.

Class Organization: The class is scheduled for the following times:

         - Common lecture     Monday       8-9    134 Dana 
         - Section A lab      Wednesday    8-9    325 Dana 
         - Section B lab      Thursday     8-9    325 Dana 
         - Open lab/exams     Friday       8-9    134 Dana

The entire class will meet for lecture on Monday. Half of the class will meet for lab on Wednesdays and half will meet on Thursdays. The Friday session each week will be optional and is meant to give you time to work on assignments or get help with programming problems. Friday sessions will also be used as a common time for examinations. Obviously, attendance for exam sessions is not optional. To be specific, attendance is required for the following Fridays this semester:

  1. Friday, 8/27 - Course Introduction and Overview
  2. Friday, 9/24 - Hour Exam #1
  3. Friday, 10/29 - Hour Exam #2

Course Purpose: To use the computer as a tool for engineering problem-solving.

Course Goals: The specific goals in this course are to
  1. use the computer as a tool for effective data analysis, presentation and modelling
  2. apply the elements of procedural programming to engineering problems
  3. introduce basic numerical methods and concepts of numerical analysis

While we will use MATLAB as a means to acheiving these goals, it is important for you to realize that the ideas in the course are not limited to MATLAB.

Course Texts: The text for the course is

DT Kaplan, Introduction to Scientific Computation and Programming, Thomson, 2004.

This will be our basic reference for the course. The text combines and introduction to MATLAB in the context of scientific and engineering computations.

You may optionally purchase the Student Edition of MATLAB from the bookstore (or any other source) for your own computer. The student edition is functionally equivalent to the full version (which we will be using in lab) but has some restrictions. Its main feature is that it costs less than a third of the full, professional version. If you would like to purchase it, please stop by and speak with me about it - except for convenience, there is no requirement to purchase this software.


Attendance is required for the lecture and lab portions of the course but is optional on Friday (with the exceptions noted above). Generally, assignments will be made and due on Mondays. You will find the Friday session an efficient way to clear up problems or questions beforethe weekend arrives.

Assignments in the course will be submitted electronically. Be sure to review the information in Guidelines for Submitting Assignments for details on this topic.

Working together on assignments is allowed and encouraged. What is not allowed is two (or more) people submitting the same assignment. The work you submit is to be your own work, your own thoughts, your own interpretation, not a copy of someone else's. Handing in the work of another as your own will be considered plagiarism and will be dealt with as such.

Late work will lose 10% per day to a maximum of 50% off. After 5 days, late work will not be accepted. Exceptions will be made in cases of personal emergency. If you know ahead of time that you will miss a class or an assignment due date (for example, if you are involved in a varsity sport), it is your responsibility to make arrangements before missing class.

Evaluation: Your final score for the course will be determined according to the following scheme:

Projects (2)20%
Midterm Exams (2)25%
Final exam      25%

The midterm examinations (9/24 and 10/29) will be given in class while the final will be a combination of in-class work and take-home work.

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