RWM2011 Introduction to Sensors, Instrumentation and Measurement - Fall 2014
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  • Introduction to Sensors, Instrumentation, and Measurement - Spring 2014


    Conducting experiments and making measurements is an essential aspect of all branches of science and engineering. Nearly all of our current quantitative understanding of the natural and engineered world has come from the interplay between theory and measurements. Models and simulations of systems require experimental validation and performance of engineered systems must not only be predicted, but also measured and tested. In this course we will learn the basic tools of making physical measurements and conducting experiments. We will collect data, analyze data, conduct basic error analysis, and design experimental systems. Using inexpensive modern sensors, we will build the necessary supporting electronics and learn to collect data with computer based data acquisition systems. The first part of the course will focus on individual work and students will conduct labs on basic electrical, mechanical, and environmental measurements. The later part of the course will involve a team project team project that involves designing and executing an experiment that involves measurement, data acquisition, and data analysis.

    Meeting times

    All sections, Mon, 1:30-3:10, Auditorium
    Lab section 1, Tue, 1:00-3:10, AC428
    Lab section 2, Wed, 1:00-3:10, AC428
    Lab section 3, Thr, 1:00-3:10, AC428
    Lab section 4, Fir, 1:00-3:10, AC428


    Rebecca Christianson, Milas Hall 367
    Brad Minch, Milas Hall 354
    Stella Quinones, Milas Hall 255
    Brian Storey, Milas Hall 267

    Class format

    The first 9 weeks of the course will follow a weekly lab structure. The work will be individual and the lab objectives will be set for you. We will provide the essential equipment and sensors needed for each lab. A short report will be due one week from the date of the assignment.

    The last few weeks of the course will be an open ended experimental design project. Working in teams of 4, you will design and conduct an experiment of your choosing where you will need to set the objectives and design the system. We will discuss the project component and ideas as the time gets closer.

    Sept. 2014.