Quantitative Engineering Analysis (QEA)


In this class, you will be introduced to various approaches to perform quantitative engineering analysis through real-world examples. You will learn how to select between different tools and different approaches within the context of an engineering challenge, how to use many different tools for quantitative analysis, and how to acquire new tools on your own in the future.

For first year students only. The application of quantitative analysis of mathematical models and/or data can enable, improve, and speed up the engineering design process. Using quantitative analysis to answer engineering questions, you'll be able to make the choices necessary to successfully complete an engineering design. Whether you are selecting the best part from a catalog, choosing an appropriate material, sizing a component, determining the effect of certain influences on your design, or optimizing your design within a parameter space, you often need to obtain (through experiment or calculation) and interpret quantitative information to inform your decisions. There are many different approaches to getting and interpreting the data you need: you may conduct an experiment, do a rough estimation, perform a detailed calculation based on mathematical models, or create a computer simulation. If you want to engineer effectively, you must be able to choose and use appropriate quantitative tools for a given situation.

Instructor: Mark Sommerville

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