M E 345:
Instrumentation, Measurements, and Statistics
Syllabus for Fall Semester 2011
Latest update: 22 August 2011
Room 26 Hosler Building
, three times per week,
Mon, Wed., and Fri., 9:05 a.m. – 9:55 a.m.
Room 237 Reber Building
, once per week, 3 hours (times vary according to section number)
No required text – all necessary notes and lab manuals are provided on the course website
A basic E E course
E E 305, E E 211, E E 212,
or equivalent); can be taken concurrently
John M. Cimbala
, Professor of Mechanical Engineering. 234 Reber Building, 814-863-2739,
. Office hours and weekly schedule posted on website.
See the course website for a list of teaching assistants and their office hours.
This course is required for all mechanical engineering students, and is taken in the junior year.
It serves as an introduction to the fundamental principles of instrumentation and measurement, along with statistics,
and integrates and applies what you have learned in your math, physics, E. Mech., and mechanical and electrical
engineering courses. The course includes a 3-hour-per-week hands-on laboratory where you apply the material
learned in the lecture. For many students, this may be the first time you have actual hands-on experience with
electronics and measurement equipment, such as oscilloscopes, breadboards, function generators, digital data
acquisition systems, integrated circuits, strain gages, displacement meters, thermocouples, tachometers,
dynamometers, filters, volume flow meters, velocity meters, pressure probes, pressure transducers, etc. You will
learn not only how to
these devices in the lab, but also the fundamental principles of their operation –
. Statistical analysis is integrated into the course, especially in the hands-on laboratories, where statistics is used
to analyze and interpret acquired data.