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[MECE E1001] Mechanical Engineering: From Micro Machines to Jumbo Jets

December 25, 2013

Myers, Kristin Silver_nugget
[MECE E1001] Mechanical Engineering: From Micro Machines to Jumbo Jets

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Professor Myers was a good teacher. She explained things very clearly in class, provided a lot of examples ranging in difficulty, and her problems reflected applications in industry. Her midterm and non-cumulative final (i.e. a second midterm) aren’t super hard. The second one is easier because the material is easier and there is less material due to more guest lecturers. Thus, it’s nice that the second half of her class is more chill than the first, because most other courses are the opposite. I wouldn’t agree with other reviewers that you don’t need to study for the midterm and final. You should study for them, but you don’t need to study for them as much as, say, a physics midterm or final. Definitely study more for the midterm. The guest lecturers were usually quite interesting, and I think they added a lot to the course. The problem sets in this class aren’t too difficult but you still learn from them. Overall, I found this a helpful class for learning about mechanical engineering in a low stress environment. If you are unsure about MechE, like myself, I would recommend this class in a heartbeat.

Workload:

30% Problem Sets, 20% each for midterm and “final”, 25% final project, 5% participation. Final project is due before thanksgiving and there are no problem sets during that time so managing a project and a final isn’t bad at all.

January 03, 2013

Myers, Kristin Silver_nugget
[MECE E1001] Mechanical Engineering: From Micro Machines to Jumbo Jets

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Overall, Prof Myers was a great professor. She is always willing to answer any question you may have.
Prof Myers basically does everything she can to give everyone an A because (1) she gives you the opportunity to use a cheat sheet during the midterm and final, (2) she makes her exams really easy, and (3) she is lenient when it comes to grading the final project that you have to do at the end of the semester. The class is a GPA booster, but you have to work for it. It helps if you've taken AP Physics B.

Workload:

Problem set due every week (some problems are a little difficult and can take some time), 30%
Midterm (easier than or same level as the problem sets), 25%
Final Project (it consumes some time), 20%
Final Exam (same level of difficulty as midterm), 25%

December 15, 2011

Myers, Kristin Silver_nugget
[MECE E1001] Mechanical Engineering: From Micro Machines to Jumbo Jets

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Super Amazing teacher!!
Her teaching method is clear and to the point.
She writes copious notes on the board for a subject that is not too difficult.
This class boost your GPA if you just pay attention, come to class, copy down her notes and refer back to them for problem sets.
The midterm and exam are super easy.
If you know the tiniest smidgeon of physics, you'll be golden. And if not, you'll still make an A if you put in a bit of effort.
She also makes many tangents during class to her own research and world problems. While at first she may seem a bit conceited, you'll relaize that that assertiveness is what makes her a great teacher. She'll give it to you straight, and if you listen, you'll win.

Workload:

A problem set every week or so that takes from 30 to 120 minutes.
No studying needed for midterm and exam if you the exam sheets.
Wonderful class, learned alot with minimal effort.

February 17, 2009

Ateshian, Gerard
[MECE E1001] Mechanical Engineering: From Micro Machines to Jumbo Jets

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Ateshian is one of the most clear and concise professors I have ever had. The class was extremely easy - it could easily have been called Physics for Dummies. We began with concepts such as F=ma, and concepts never got harder than that. It was truly an introductory course. Ateshian went extremely slowly, spending multiple class lectures on very simple concepts such as vector addition, as if he were teaching 5th graders and not Ivy League students. His writing was very legible (probably because he went so slow and wrote down absolutely every step). He followed the book word for word, so there is really no need to go to class, but like I said, listening to his lecture, however boring, will spare you from having to read 30-40 pages of the book, since he basically paraphrased it for us.

If you want an easy A from a very enjoyable professor, Ateshian is for you. I would definitely take him again.

Workload:

EXTREMELY LIGHT
A few problem sets, usually 3-4 problems each - will take you a maximum of 1 hour to complete, although even that's pushing it. Some weeks the homework was 300 word reviews of guest lectures - so you have to go to those, but even if you don't, you can easily BS 300 words about the topic at hand.

One midterm, very easy but because of that, if you made a stupid mistake, it quickly bumped you down to a B. I misread one problem, and because of that got a B- on the midterm

One group project about an aspect of automotive engineering. I did the entire project myself without the help of my group in about 2-3 hours, and got an A on it, so it is very easy.

One final, equally easy, but again, very easy to mess up on.

March 19, 2007

Kysar, Jeffrey Silver_nugget
[MECE E1001] Mechanical Engineering: From Micro Machines to Jumbo Jets

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The person sitting next to me saw the title to the class as I typed it and said "That sounds like a cool class." That was my thinking too when I signed up for the class. Unfortunately, it was quite a disappointment. It was very equation-based and did not point to the greater picture of "how things work" as i had hoped. Much of the class is spent doing proofs that are much more complex than you are expected to know for the tests. I had a hard time staying awake.

I found Kysar to be a very nice guy and not a poor teacher. It is just difficult to stay awake that early when the class consists of proofs. I have problem with the design of the course itself rather than the professor. I would recommend taking the pre-prof Engineering graphics course with Jose Sanchez instead.

Workload:

Essentially physics problems with a few extra equations from the book specific to the problem.

December 18, 2004

Kysar, Jeffrey Silver_nugget
[MECE E1001] Mechanical Engineering: From Micro Machines to Jumbo Jets

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This is one of the nicest people I have ever met. He will do anything to help students out, very approachable and his door is always open. He is very eager to teach and share his vast knowedge with you. On the other hand, the course isn't that interesting, so don't be fooled by the discription. You learn the mundain of mech eng, which will be much like your physics class. The homework is very difficult and will kill your weekend, and the lectures can be painfully dull. However it could be much worse.

Workload:

One problem set a week that will kill your weekend, a difficult midterm, and a group project for a final which is pretty cool and not too difficult.

January 07, 2004

Kysar, Jeffrey Silver_nugget
[MECE E1001] Mechanical Engineering: From Micro Machines to Jumbo Jets

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Overall, an interesting course. The topic and speaker change every week so you will probably be fascinated one week and bored to tears the next two. Everyone knows their stuff, but since the professors change it is almost impossible to get outside help unless you form a study group within the class. The indepth, last day of class tour of the mechanical engineering department makes everything worthwhile and will have you reconsidering mechanical engineering as a major even if you hated the course. Definately worth taking if you have any interest in mechanical engineering.

Workload:

weekly problem sets that will eat your weekend, final group project on the topic of your choice

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
MECE / MECE MECE MECE E1001: Mech Engi: Micromach/Jumbo Jets Kristin Myers 2012 Fall MW / 11:40-12:55 PM 1
MECE / MECE MECE MECE E1001: Mech Engi: Micromach/Jumbo Jets Kristin Myers 2010 Fall MW / 9:10-10:25 AM 1
MECE / MECE MECE MECE E1001: Mech Engi: Micromach/Jumbo Jets Gerard Ateshian 2009 Fall MW / 9:10-10:25 AM 1
MECE / MECE MECE MECE E1001: Mech Engi: Micromach/Jumbo Jets Gerard Ateshian 2008 Fall MW / 9:10-10:25 AM 1
MECE / MECE MECE MECE E1001: Mech Engi: Micromach/Jumbo Jets Jeffrey Kysar 2007 Fall MW / 9:10-10:25 AM 1