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DSGN 295: Finding things out: designing experiments, discovering relationships, and making conclusions

Quarter Offered

Winter : Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:30-1:50, Hive Annex Ford 2.340 ; Alex Birdwell


EA2 or Phys 135-1 (or equivalent)


What do you do when you have multiple possible solutions for a design and need to determine which one to choose? How do you utilize engineering analysis to make an informed decision? In this course, we will build a framework for you to use when evaluating alternatives in any design process. The course will be a mix of lectures and hands-on experiments that will focus on 1) creating experiments to examine the effects of design variables, 2) analyzing quantitative data, and 3) making (good) conclusions based on empirical data and your analysis. Students will build upon their prior understanding of fundamental concepts from Physics (mechanics) and math. This course will also introduce and apply concepts from Statistics. 


This course is aimed to support sophomore and junior engineering students of all disciplines.

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