Lecture 01 - Engineering 101 Introduction to Algorithms and...

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Engineering 101 Engineering 101 Introduction to Algorithms Introduction to Algorithms and Programming and Programming Prof. Michael Falk University of Michigan, College of Engineering
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Welcome to the Welcome to the University of Michigan University of Michigan College of Engineering College of Engineering
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Who Am I? Who Am I? Prof. Michael Falk mfalk@umich.edu 615-8086 CSE Building 2636 Materials Science and Engineering Computational Materials Scientist Specializing in Materials Under Stress QuickTime : and a decompressor are needed to see this picture.
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What you will learn in Eng101 What you will learn in Eng101 How to think like an engineer. How to design and implement algorithms. Algorithm Oxford English Dictionary: From al-Khowarazmi surname of the Arab mathematician Abu Ja'far Mohammed Ben Musa, who flourished early in the 9th c., and through the translation of whose work on Algebra, the Arabic numerals became generally known in Europe. A list of instructions for accomplishing a task that may be executed by a mechanism.
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Why? Why? Algorithms are central to the functioning of our technological world. Algorithms perform the complex, precise and sometimes tedious tasks that increasingly control our man-made environment. Algorithms can aid our understanding of the physical world.
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Algorithms Save Lives Algorithms Save Lives The image on the right is from a PET scan of a patient with ovarian carcinoma which has spread to the lymph nodes. Complex algorithms were needed to process and image the data.
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Algorithms Prevent Accidents Algorithms Prevent Accidents The scene on the left is from a virtual reality simulator of the LAX airport. This system is used to test new procedures and dangerous scenarios.
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Algorithms Explore the Universe the Universe The data on the right was taken during a flight to Venus by the Magellan spacecraft. Algorithms were needed
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