ENGR 1990 is a new pilot course for incoming first-year students who are concurrently enrolled in MATH 1180, Precalculus, and it is the anchor class for the Learning Community of students placed into Precalculus in the Fall semester. It was taught at Western Michigan University for the first time in Fall 2009. It serves as a substitute for CHEM 1120/1130 or PHYS 3090/3100 in the Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautical Engineering curricula and may be used as an elective course in the Electrical Engineering curriculum.
The course focuses on the integration of introductory mathematics and engineering concepts. The major goal is to help first-year students understand how mathematics is applied in an engineering context.
The development of this course is based on EGR 101, "Introductory Mathematics for Engineering Applications," at Wright State University. EGR 101 was developed under a Course, Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). In Phase 3 of this project, entitled "A National Model for Engineering Mathematics Education," www.engineering.wright.edu/cecs/engmath/. Similar courses are now being developed and taught in engineering programs at various universities.
Details of ENGR 1990, including course learning outcomes, lecture materials, homework assignments, and lab/recitation exercises can be found on http://www.mae.wmich.edu/faculty/kamman/engr_1990.htm.