2.000 How and Why Machines Work

Spring 2002

A SolidWorks model of a partially rotated extrusion. (Martin Culpepper)
A SolidWorks® model of a partially revolved extrusion. (Image by Prof. Martin Culpepper.)

Course Highlights

This course includes a wealth of materials, including lecture noteslab notesassignments, and useful software guides.

Course Description

Subject studies how and why machines work, how they are conceived, how they are developed (drawn), and how they are utilized. Students learn from the hands-on experiences of taking things apart mentally and physically, drawing (sketching, 3D CAD) what they envision and observe, taking occasional field trips, and completing an individual term project (concept, creation, and presentation). Emphasis on understanding the physics and history of machines.

Technical Requirements

SolidWorks® software is required to run and view the .sldasm and .sldprt files found on this course site. Microsoft® Excel software is recommended for viewing the .xls files found on this course site. Free Microsoft® Excel viewer software can also be used to view the .xls files.

SolidWorks® is a registered trademark of SolidWorks Corporation.
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Prof. Martin Culpepper
Prof. Joseph Smith Jr.

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session

Two sessions / week
3 hours / session