This class was tough.
Course Overview:
This is by far the hardest class I've ever taken in my life and deciding to take this in a 6 week summer session was probably not the brightest idea but since I was behind in my major map I had to catch up. Through taking this class we learned so much MATLAB and numerical methods of approximation that can be really helpful as much as using an actual calculator. Work with as many classmates as possible, we probably had at least ten people in the tutoring center every day trying to do the impossible homework problems that the tutors couldnt even figure out. The material did feel like it was PHD level but even so we were all able to make it through such a difficult class and kept at it and never gave up and went on til the end and I got a B in the class!
Course highlights:
For the most part we learned content from calculus II so lots of taylor series and bisection method, newton raphson, all these methods are all used to approximate numbers and of course some methods are more accurate than others in certain situations so its up to you to figure out which methods give you answers that are close to the actual value.
Hours per week:
12+ hours
Advice for students:
it's going to take a lot of persistence, Do not work alone, visit the teachers office hours, go to the tutoring center, do not procrastinate on these assignments, start them as soon as they are assigned or you wont be able to finish them
This class was tough.
Course Overview:
If you know you want to pursue a Mechanical Engineering degree, it is a requirement to take this class. It improves your matlab skills which are crucial to success in engineering; you will use matlab in many future classes.
Course highlights:
We reviewed concepts learned in Linear Algebra, Differential Equations, and some new. The highlights were the homework assignments and the frequency in which the assignments prohibited use of preexisting functions in matlab.
Hours per week:
12+ hours
Advice for students:
Try and have as solid of an understanding as possible of how to use MATLab. Go to office hours for help (as professor Herrmann is very helpful). Do not procrastinate with this class!