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```					The University of Edinburgh
Engineering 1h – Mechanical Engineering

Course Details, Session 2003/2004

Duration     Lectures:    12 hours     Tutorials: 3 hours
Times        Lectures:    Monday     10.00 - 11.00 LT4 Appleton Tower
Tutorials:   See Engineering 1h course guide
Lecturer     Professor Bill Easson Room 132, Sanderson Building, KB.
tel: 0131 650 5688, email: Bill.Easson@ed.ac.uk
Assessment   See Engineering 1h Course Guide.
Aim          This course aims to provide an introduction to Mechanical Engineering. It will give the
student an insight into the way in which Mechanical Engineers approach and analyse
problems in Mechanics.
Learning     By the end of the course, students should be able to:
Outcomes      apply Newton’s laws to problems involving linear motion of single bodies
 apply Newton’s laws to problems involving systems of connected bodies
 apply Newton’s laws to solve problems involving uniform circular motion
 understand the need for real, centrally-acting forces in circular motion
 identify situations where the principles of conservation of momentum and/or energy
may be applied
 use conservation of momentum and/or energy to solve simple linear motion problems
in dynamics
 solve simple problems in fluid statics
 use Bernoulli’s equation to analyse simple flows
 use momentum considerations to determine forces acting due to jets of fluid

Lecture      You are expected to take your own notes from the blackboard / OHP during the lectures.
Notes
Tutorials    Tutorial sheets will be handed out at certain lectures. You should attempt tutorial
questions as the material is covered in the course, and attend all tutorials.
Textbooks    A textbook is not required for this course. Use of the library is, of course, strongly
recommended!
Assumed      Higher Maths or equivalent
Knowledge

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Mechanical Engineering Topics

Core topics
Dynamics                    The behaviour of moving bodies and the forces
involved, eg in vehicles and mechanisms
Fluid Mechanics             The laws of liquid and gas flows, eg in pumps and      ChemE, Civ+EnvE
turbines, and forces on bodies in a flow, eg
aerodynamics
Materials Science           The properties of materials related to microscopic     ChemE, Civ+EnvE, E+EE
structure and how they are affected by manufacturing
treatments
Production Engineering      The capability of machine tools and fabrication
processes
Solid Mechanics             The strength, deformation and failure limits of        Civ+EnvE
Thermodynamics              Energy conversion as in engines, power stations,       ChemE, E+EE
compressors and refrigerators. Energy resources
Other topics
Control                                                                            E+EE
Electrical Machines                                                                E+EE
Electronics and                                                                    E+EE
Instrumentation
Heat Transfer                                                                      ChemE
“Umbrella” topics
Design                      A “synthesis” of everything we know, together with
some inventive genius to turn an idea into a product
Mathematics
which meets specifications of purpose, operation and
Management                  safety at a price the customer will pay.
Computing

In this introductory course, we shall concentrate on Dynamics and Fluid Mechanics. You will soon
discover that there are no firm boundaries between the Engineering disciplines. The Chemical, Civil and
Electrical Engineering courses in Engineering 1h are all relevant to Mechanical Engineering. In all, you
will meet and begin to learn the Engineering approach to problems, and get an insight into what it takes
to be a Professional Engineer.

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