Prof. Vladimir Dobrushkin
Department of Mechanical Engineering

MCE372 (Engineering Analysis)

Instructor for section 01: Vladimir A. Dobrushkin,Lippitt Hall 202C, 874-5095, Office hours: TRs, after 5pm.
Instructor for section 02: Son Nguyen,Kirk Hall 128G,874 5609, Office hours: MWs, after 3:30pm.

MCE372, section 01, TR 3:30 - 4:45 pm Wales Hall, 226

MCE372, section 02, MW 2:00 - 3:15 pm Quinn Hall, 314

TEXTBOOK: "Applied Differential Equations. The Primary Course" by Vladimir A. Dobrushkin (CRC Press, 2015, ISBN 978-1-4398-5104-3)

Course Objectives and Goals:
To have student's be able to properly apply mathematical analysis and related numerical/computational methods to solve problems in mechanical engineering and related fields that include solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer and mechanical vibrations.
Numerical evaluation and graphical presentation of such solutions will be emphasized.

Student Learning Outcomes:
- analytical and computer solutions of one or more ordinary differential equations
- analytical and computer solutions of systems of algebraic equations
- analytical and computer solutions of matrix eigenvalue problems
- analytical set up and numerical evaluation of trigonometric Fourier series problems
- use separation of variables to analytically solve partial differential equations with two 
   independent variables and numerically evaluate solutions
- use modern software to graphically display solution results of the above
- understand basic benefits and limitations of the course numerical/computational methods

Software and Calculators:
A calculator (with memory, such as TI-83) is required. Technology will play an important role in this course and we will make extensive use of software packages, either commercial or free. You are free to use any of them; however, we recommend MATLAB or its free version Octave (R is also acceptible). While these computational packages have proven its usefuleness, you may find very helpful to use available computer algebra systems (CAS, for short) such as Mathematica, Maple (which is also accessible within MATLAB as PuPAD package) or free systems Maxima or Sage. The latter has cloud version. Tutorials to these software packages are available on the following link or on the Internet.

Computer resources

Because of the high level of knowledge that will be imparted and assessed during class time, attendance is highly recommended.
Students not attending courses in which they enrolled have the obligation to drop those courses before the drop deadline. Names of students who are absent from the first and second class meetings of a course and who do not notify the course instructor of their intention to attend future class meetings will be submitted to the Office of Enrollment Services for deletion from the class roster. Students who expect to be absent from classes or examinations for University sanctioned events shall discuss this with the instructor at least one week in advance of the sanctioned event(s).

Make-up Exams:

Makeup exams will only be given to students with an acceptable excuse. The only acceptable excuses: religious holy day, family emergency, school sponsored event, job interviews, or sickness. All absences require documentation. For example, sickness, a doctor's excuse. You must let me know before the exam that you will not be able to take the exam in order to be given a makeup exam. All other absences will be given a zero for that exam. No exceptions! Makeup exams will be given at a time that is convenient for both you and me.

Students who require accommodations and who have documentation from Disability Services (874-2098) should make arrangements with me as soon as possible. As a part of this process, please be in touch with Disability Services for Students Office at 330 Memorial Union.

Weather phone number:  (401) 874-snow or 874-7669.

Help With Your studies and homework:
Tutors are available at both the Providence and Kingston campuses. Check with them for specific hours. Also, you can make individual appointments with me. For this, contact me by phone, e-mail, or ask me during class.
I may help you with questions during office hours, or at other times by appointment. Also, I will try to answer questions sent by electronic mail as promptly as possible. Students who require accommodations and who have documentation from Disability Services (874-2098) should make arrangements with me as soon as possible.

Civility Policy: .
The University of Rhode Island has adopted a civility policy regarding disruptive classroom behaviors. Disruptive behaviors are defined as behaviors that interfere with the learning and/or teaching process. Disruptive behaviors in the classroom include inappropriate talking during lectures or class discussions or in any manner interfering with other student's ability to have a quality learning experience. Students who engage in disruptive behavior will receive one warning without penalty. Continued incidents of disrupting the class will result in the initiation of removal procedures or the loss of a letter grade. Disruptive behaviors include cell phone and pager use. Cell phones and pagers must be turned off, silent, and out of sight during classes, and you should not be checking for calls or messages during class (including "texting"). Common sense and common courtesy should govern classroom civility.

Grading Incomplete (URI regulations): .

  • 8.53.20. A student shall receive a report of "Incomplete" in any course in which the course work has been passing up until the time of a documented precipitating incident or condition, but has not been completed because of illness or another reason which in the opinion of the instructor justifies the report. An instructor who issues a grade of "Incomplete" shall forward a written explanation to the student's academic dean.
  • 8.53.21. The student receiving "Incomplete" shall make necessary arrangement with the instructor or, in the instructor's absence, with the instructor's chairperson to remove the deficiency. This arrangement shall be made prior to the following midsemester for the undergraduate student and within one calendar year for the graduate student.