Civil Engineering Analysis
560.220 Fall, 2009
||Dr. Robert A. Dalrymple
211 Latrobe, 410.516.7923
302 Latrobe Hall
||TTh 1:30-2:45 pm, Latrobe 107
||Numerical Methods for Engineers and Scientists
A. Gilat and V. Subramaniam
|Homework solutions will be posted one week later.
Homework: Homework is assigned on Thursday and due at the beginning of class the following Thursday. Late homework will be marked down 10% a day for a week (after that, since the solutions will be posted, they will have no value). The homework is a tool for learning; while you may work together in solving them, copying is not condoned. See HW Write-ups below for presentation style.
Examinations: It is expected that the Johns Hopkins ethical standards apply: www.advising.jhu.edu/ethics.html
There will be three hour exams: Tuesday, Sept 30, Thursday, October 30, and Thursday, November 20. The final exam time will be announced. Each exam will be comprehensive, covering material from previous exams as well as new material.
HW Write-ups: Clarity of presentation is very important in engineering calculations, as others must be able to follow and verify your work in order to avoid costly mistakes. In the event of a failure, engineering calculations are carefully scrutinized and can be admitted as evidence in court. For these reasons, and others, it is important to develop good techniques of organization and presentation in solving problems. Please observe the following guidelines in presenting your work; failure to do so will result in deduction of points.
Web Resources: There are a variety of web sites that offer online instruction or instructional applets.
- Use engineering paper or white ruled 8.5" by 11" paper, with no spiral edges
- Use a sharp (or mechanical) pencil rather than pen, and erase mistakes rather than crossing them out; make sure that your lettering is neat and legible.
- Write only on one side of each sheet of paper.
- Write your name and the page number (e.g., 1/5 or 1 of 5) at the top of each page.
- Don't crowd your work on the page, and leave at least one blank line between distinct problems.
- Begin each solution with a statement of the problem, including sketches showing the geometry and dimensions of the system, and free-body diagrams as appropriate.
- Along with the mathematical details of your solution, present a concise narrative explaining what you are doing.
- Carry out the solution in symbolic form, and do not substitute numerical values until the final step of the solution.
- Highlight your answers by underlining them or drawing a box around them; always include appropriate units for numerical values.