Problem Solving with Matlab (10.317)
Course Goals and Assessment
are a number of important objectives for this course and these
have been summarized here to help put this course into proper
context within the overall educational objectives of your undergraduate
curriculum. These goals can be roughly categorized into four major
components or skill areas that should be significantly enhanced
upon completion of this course:
Computer Literacy and Use of Specific Software (Matlab, MS Office,
Introductory Numerical Methods (for roots of equations, systems
of equations, curve fitting, numerical integration, solution
of ODEs, etc.)
Problem Solving Strategies and Analysis Techniques
bulk of the specific topics treated during the course of the semester
fall directly within the first two areas. However, the overall
computational emphasis here is only a means to the larger goal
of strengthening your problem formulation and problem solving
skills and enhancing your ability to effectively communicate technical
solutions to a variety of audiences.
More specifically, upon completion of this course you should be
able to perform the following tasks:
Apply and integrate common software packages
(Matlab, MS Office, etc.) to assist in the solution and dissemination
of results of engineering analyses.
appropriate numerical techniques
for solving particular classes of problems.
existing computational procedures
within Matlab to solve a variety of problems.
Formulate an overall solution algorithm
that integrates several specific methods to solve typical design
and analysis problems.
Implement well-documented and well-organized Matlab programs
for the solution, visualization, and analysis of a given problem.
Optimize the design of a particular system
via parametric evaluations that characterize the system as a
function of its design variables.
Document engineering analyses in
a clear, logical, and professional manner.
Overall, this course combines numerical mathematics, computer programming
(within Matlab), and a systematic approach to problem solving to
help you develop confidence and functional capability to tackle
complex engineering design and analysis problems in your upper-level
technical courses and, upon graduation, in your encounters as a
practicing engineer in industry.
The course assessment, from the instructor’s viewpoint, will
be accomplished by evaluating your performance on the homeworks/projects,
quizzes, semester exams, and final exam. A final grade will be compiled
as a weighted average of these components as indicated on the Course
Requirements handout. Your informal feedback at any time during
the semester is also requested and, upon completion of the course,
a formal student questionnaire will be given. This will be your
opportunity to give some feedback concerning your assessment of
your success in meeting the above objectives and also a mechanism
for general suggestions so that we can continually improve the quality
of this course.
updated by Prof. John R. White (Sept. 2005)
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