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Courses of Study 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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MAE 3783 - Mechatronics

Fall. 4 credits. Letter grades only.

Prerequisite: CS 1110 /CS 1112  or equivalent programming experience, MATH 2930  and PHYS 2213 , or permission of instructor. Enrollment limited to: non-Mechanical Engineering majors. Co-meets with MAE 3780 .

B. Finio.

Mechatronics sits at the intersection of mechanical and electrical engineering.  Many modern mechanical systems (e.g. vehicles) include embedded electronics and microcontrollers.  This course introduces students to mechatronic systems with a hands-on focus on circuits that interact with the physical world via sensors and actuators.  Students will learn the underlying theory behind circuit behavior along with extensive circuit prototyping and debugging.  The course will culminate in the design, fabrication, and programming of a mechatronic system such as a mobile robot or device for home/office automation.

Outcome 1: Students will be able to analyze a given circuit using relevant physical laws to solve for parameters of interest in the circuit (e.g. voltages and currents).

Outcome 2: Students will be able to select from known circuit topologies to accomplish a desired task, and appropriately choose or size components for the circuit.

Outcome 3: Students will be able to prototype and debug electronic circuits and mechatronic systems while skillfully using relevant laboratory equipment (e.g. breadboards, multimeters, oscilloscopes).

Outcome 4: Students will be able to program a microcontroller to interface with circuits that include sensors and actuators.

Outcome 5: Students will be able to design, build, and program a mechatronic system to accomplish a desired task while taking constraints and requirements into account.

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