Week 1

Dates
08/2508/29

Lecture topics
Introduction to mechanical engineering measurements – purpose, dimensions and units, significant digits;
Dimensional analysis  primary dimensions, method of repeating variables;
Review of basic electronics and circuits;
Errors and uncertainties  bias and precision error, accuracy, calibration;
Basic statistics – mean, standard deviation, variance, median, mode, etc.

Learning modules (pdf files)
Introduction_to_Measurements.pdf
Dimensional_Analysis.pdf
Cengel_Cimbala_list_parameters.pdf
Darth Vader image
Electronics_Review.pdf
Errors_and_Calibration.pdf
Basic_Statistics.pdf

Lecture notes (tablet PC)


Excel and MATLAB files
Sample_Excel_sine_function_plot.xls
Sample_MATLAB_sine_function_plot.m
Sample_Minitab_sine_function_plot.MPJ
Sample_Excel_error_calculations.xls
Sample_MATLAB_error_calculations.m
Sample_Minitab_error_calculations.MPJ
Sample_basic_statistics_data.xls
Sample_basic_statistics_data.m
Sample_basic_statistics_data.MPJ

Extra Stuff: Papers, Articles, and Videos
Accuracy and precision (Wikipedia)
Accuracy, precision, resolution article
Slides  Dim. Anal., U. Syndey
Article  Dim. Anal. and Legos
Comic about dimensional analysis
Videos for this course
Videos from other sources

Homework assignments
No homework this week REVIEW the information below:
Homework information and format
Sample homework problem format

Labs
No lab this week REVIEW the information below:
Lab rules, regulations
Lab reports  format
Lab sections
Videos for our lab

Week 2

Dates
09/0109/05

Lecture topics
Histograms;
Probability density functions;
The normal (Gaussian) distribution

Learning modules (pdf files)
Histograms.pdf
Probability_density_functions.pdf
Gaussian_or_Normal_PDF.pdf

Lecture notes (tablet PC)
No class on Monday  Labor Day


Excel and MATLAB files
Example_basic_statistics_velocity.xls
Example_basic_statistics_velocity.MPJ
Class_example_histogram.xls
Class_example_NICE_histogram.xls
Sample_Excel_histograms.xls
Sample_MATLAB_histograms.m
Sample_Minitab_histograms.MPJ
Temperature_data_analysis.xls
Temperature_data_analysis.m
Temperature_data_analysis.MPJ

Extra Stuff: Papers, Articles, and Videos
Simple interpolation program (.exe)
Videos for this course
NEW. How to create a nice histogram in Excel
Videos from other sources

Homework assignments
HW Set 1  Due Friday 09/05

Labs
Introduction and creation of lab groups;
Lab 0 (pdf)  Demo Lab
Lab 0 (doc)  Demo Lab
Intro Videos for our lab
Breadboard Videos for our lab
Other (outside) Lab Videos
The_555_Timer_IC.pdf

Week 3

Dates
09/0809/12

Lecture topics
Central limit theorem;
Other PDF distributions  lognormal, student's t, chisquared;
Correlation and regression analysis (leastsquares curve fits)

Learning modules (pdf files)
Central_Limit_Theorem.pdf
Other_PDFs.pdf
Correlation_and_trends.pdf
Regression_analysis.pdf

Lecture notes (tablet PC)


Excel and MATLAB files
Using_t_PDF_to_estimate_mean.xls
Using_t_PDF_to_estimate_mean.m
Using_t_PDF_to_estimate_mean.MPJ
Class_Example_Correlation.xls
Class_Example_Correlation.m
Class_Example_Correlation.MPJ
Regression_linear_fit.xls
Regression_linear_fit.m
Regression_linear_fit.MPJ
Regression_multiple_variables.xls
Regression_multiple_variables.m
Regression_multiple_variables.MPJ
Regression_second_order.xls
Regression_second_order.m
Regression_second_order.MPJ
Regression_nonlinear_fits.xls
Regression_nonlinear_fits.m

Extra Stuff: Papers, Articles, and Videos
Example  CLT really works
Animated examples of problems with regression
Videos for this course
Videos from other sources

Homework assignments
HW Set 2  Due Friday 09/12

Labs
Lab 1 (pdf)  Introduction
Lab 1 (doc)  Introduction
MATLAB data acquisition file
Instructions for MATLAB DAQ
Circuit Components (pictures)

Week 4

Dates
09/1509/19

Lecture topics
Outliers  single variables and data pairs;
Experimental uncertainty analysis  RSS uncertainty;
Experimental design  full vs. fractional factorial tests, Taguchi design arrays

Learning modules (pdf files)
Outliers.pdf
Exper_Uncertainty_Analysis.pdf
Experimental_Design.pdf
Taguchi_orthogonal_arrays.pdf

Lecture notes (tablet PC)


Excel and MATLAB files
Outliers_and_Thompson_tau.xls
Outliers_and_Thompson_tau.m
Outliers_and_Thompson_tau.MPJ
Outliers_data_pairs_1.xls
Outliers_data_pairs_1.MPJ
Outliers_data_pairs_2.xls
Example_Outliers_data_pairs.xls
Example_Taguchi_array.xls
Example_Taguchi_array.m
Example_Taguchi_array.txt
Example_Taguchi_array.MPJ

Extra Stuff: Papers, Articles, and Videos
Online Taguchi arrays
SAE article  practical application
Videos for this course
Videos

Homework assignments
HW Set 3  Due Friday 09/19
hw_03_Problem_04_post.xls

Labs
Lab 2 (pdf)  Basic Statistics
Lab 2 (doc)  Basic Statistics
Resistor color code calculator
Vernier_scale_Wikipedia.pdf
How_to_read_micrometer.pdf
Using_the_ADXL335_Accelerometer.pdf
USB1608G_Sample.m
Videos for our Lab
Other (outside) Lab Videos

Week 5

Dates
09/2209/26

Lecture topics
RSM  Response surface methodology  an efficient way to hunt for an optimum result;
Hypothesis testing  how to use statistics to make decisions

Learning modules (pdf files)
RSM.pdf
Hypothesis_testing.pdf
Two_Samples_Hypothesis_Testing.pdf
Onetail pvalues, t PDF, df = 9
Onetail pvalues, t PDF, df = 19
Onetail pvalues, t PDF, df = 29

Lecture notes (tablet PC)


Excel and MATLAB files
Example_RSM.xls
Example_RSM.m
Example_RSM.txt
Example_RSM.MPJ
sample_car_engine_RSM.xls
sample_car_engine_RSM.m
sample_car_engine_RSM.txt
Two_samples_t_test_same_n.xls
Two_samples_t_test_same_n.m
Two_samples_t_test_same_n.txt
Two_samples_t_test_different_n.xls
Two_samples_t_test_different_n.m
Two_samples_t_test_different_n.txt
Two_samples_hypothesis_scores.xls

Extra Stuff: Papers, Articles, and Videos
Wiki for RSM
Wiki for hypothesis testing
Article, statistics with cookies
CDT article on 95% rule
Videos

Homework assignments
HW Set 4  Due Friday 09/26

Labs
Lab 3 (pdf)  Correlation and Regression
Lab 3 (doc)  Correlation and Regression
Using_the_ADXL335_Accelerometer.pdf

Week 6

Dates
09/2910/03

Lecture topics
Digital data acquisition  introduction to digital data, A/D conversion, discrete sampling, clipping, aliasing;
Signal reconstruction  the Cardinal series;
Spectral analysis  introduction to Fourier series, harmonic amplitude plots;
Fourier transforms  introduction to Fourier transforms, DFTs and FFTs

Learning modules (pdf files)
Digital_Data_Acquisition.pdf
My_Favorite_Binary_Number_Joke.pdf
Signal_Reconstruction.pdf
Spectral_Analysis_Fourier_series.pdf
Fourier_Transforms_DFTs_FFTs.pdf

Lecture notes (tablet PC)


Excel and MATLAB files
Simulate_aliasing.xls
Simulate_aliasing.m
Cardinal_example.xls
Cardinal_series_example.m
Fourier_ramp_2_coeffs.xls
Fourier_ramp_2_coeffs.m
Excel_example_FFT_sine_wave.xls
MATLAB_example_FFT_fake_data.m
Excel_data_file_for_MATLAB_FFT.xls
MATLAB_example_FFT_read_data.m

Extra Stuff: Papers, Articles, and Videos
Dicimalbinary converter
Wikipedia definition of clipping
Aliasing with music
Guitar distortion article
Videos

Homework assignments
HW Set 5  Due Friday 10/03
hw_05_Problem_05_post.xls

Labs
Lab 4 (pdf)  Experimental Design
Lab 4 (doc)  Experimental Design
Get RSM data (webpage)
Get RSM data (Excel file)

Week 7

Dates
10/0610/10

Lecture topics
FFTs (continued)  Windowing  a technique to reduce leakage in FFTs;
How to analyze the frequency content of a signal

Learning modules (pdf files)
Windowing_FFTs.pdf
Frequency_Content_of_Signal.pdf

Lecture notes (tablet PC)


Excel and MATLAB files
FFT_Hanning_window_no_DC.xls
FFT_Hanning_window_no_DC.m
FFT_Hanning_window_with_DC.xls
FFT_Hanning_window_with_DC.m
FFT_Example_data_with_window.xls
FFT_Example_data_with_window.m
FFT_Example_data_with_window.txt

Extra Stuff: Papers, Articles, and Videos
FFT of a cat (jpg)
Beatles mystery chord
FFT of a guitar string
Videos

Homework assignments
HW Set 6  Due Friday 10/10
hw_06_Problem_06_post.xls

Labs
Lab 5 (pdf)  Digital Data Acquisition and FFT
Lab 5 (doc)  Digital Data Acquisition and FFT
MusicAliasing.m (Matlab)
Guitar_FFT.vi (LabView)
MATLAB_Whistle_Data_Acquisition.m
Lab_5_acceleration_viewer.vi (LabView)
Lab_5_acceleration_log.vi (LabView)
Lab_5_Lego_FFT.m
USB1608G_Sample_with_FFT.m
Videos for our Lab

Week 8

Dates
10/1310/17

Lecture topics
Filters  firstorder lowpass filter, firstorder highpass filter, other filters

Learning modules (pdf files)
Filters.pdf
Digital_Filters.pdf

Lecture notes (tablet PC)


Excel and MATLAB files
Data_using_Inverse_FFT_as_Filter_1.xls
Excel_using_Inverse_FFT_as_filter_1.xls
Excel_using_Inverse_FFT_as_filter_4.xls
Matlab_using_Inverse_FFT_as_filter_1.m

Extra Stuff: Papers, Articles, and Videos
How an iPhone works (article)
Simple fix for a receiver
Color organ using filters
More about filters from Bores
Videos

Homework assignments
No homework this week

Labs
Lab 6 (pdf)  Filters
Lab 6 (doc)  Filters
Videos for our Lab

Week 9

Dates
10/2010/24

Lecture topics
Operational amplifiers (OpAmps)  introduction and some circuits in which opamps are used;
Clipping circuits and examples, commonmode rejection ratio, gainbandwidth product

Learning modules (pdf files)
Op_amps.pdf
Inside_the_741_Op_Amp.pdf
lm741_spec_sheet.pdf

Lecture notes (tablet PC)


Excel and MATLAB files

Extra Stuff: Papers, Articles, and Videos
Application  headphone amplifier
Opamps in noise cancellation
Opamp for simple ECG machine
Opamps in a guitar amp system
Opamps Myths and Facts
Opamp amp for your car
Videos

Homework assignments
HW Set 7  Due Friday 10/24
hw_07_Problem_02_post.xls

Labs
No lab this week. Makeup labs can be scheduled.

Week 10

Dates
10/2710/31

Lecture topics
Stress, strain, and strain gages  review of stress and strain, Hooke's law;
Description of strain gages and how to use them;
Wheatstone bridge circuits, and how they are used to measure strain

Learning modules (pdf files)
Strain_gages.pdf
Strain_gage_rosettes.pdf

Lecture notes (tablet PC)


Excel and MATLAB files

Extra Stuff: Papers, Articles, and Videos
Article  strain gages on glaciers
Article  strain gages in Wii system
Article  strain gages on race cars
Animation  full bridge circuit
Article  how strain gages work
More strain gage information
Videos

Homework assignments
HW Set 8  Due Friday 10/31
hw_08_Problem_07_500.xls
hw_08_Problem_07_760.xls
hw_08_Problem_07_1200.xls

Labs
Lab 7 (pdf)  Opamps
Lab 7 (doc)  Opamps
Big_print_out_741.pdf
Videos for our Lab

Week 11

Dates
11/0311/07

Lecture topics
Dynamic system response  dynamic measuring systems, zero, first, and secondorder systems

Learning modules (pdf files)
Dynamic_systems.pdf

Lecture notes (tablet PC)


Excel and MATLAB files
Dynamic_systems_first_order.m
Example_second_order_implicit.xls
Second_order_step.m
Second_order_impluse.m

Extra Stuff: Papers, Articles, and Videos
Dynamic systems in nuclear reactor
Videos

Homework assignments
HW Set 9  Due Friday 11/07
hw_09_Problem_01_post.xls

Labs
Lab 8 (pdf)  Strain Gage
Lab 8 (doc)  Strain Gage

Week 12

Dates
11/1011/14

Lecture topics
Temperature measurement  types of temperature measurement including mechanical, thermoresistive, thermojunctive, and radiative methods

Learning modules (pdf files)
Temperature_measurement.pdf
Thermocouple color codes
Brief thermocouple tables
Omega Type J thermocouple table
EDITED Type J thermocouple table
Omega Type K thermocouple table
EDITED Type K thermocouple table
Omega Type T thermocouple table
EDITED Type T thermocouple table
Platinum_RTD_100_ohm_table.pdf
Thermistor resistance tables

Lecture notes (tablet PC)


Excel and MATLAB files
Thermistor_resistance_table.xls

Extra Stuff: Papers, Articles, and Videos
Bimetallic thermostat controls
Oven dissection, Andrew Troutman
More about thermocouples (Wikipedia)
Thermoelectric generator (Wikipedia)
Ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC)
New forehead temperature scanner
Videos

Homework assignments
HW Set 10  Due Friday 11/14

Labs
Lab 9 (pdf)  Dynamic Systems
Lab 9 (doc)  Dynamic Systems
Dynamic_Lab_Angle_Log.vi
Dynamic_Lab_Lego_FFT.m
USB1608G_Sample.m

Week 13

Dates
11/1711/21

Lecture topics
Mechanical measurements  mechanical measuring devices, such as potentiometers, linear variable displacement transducers, ultrasonic transducers, capacitance diplacement sensors, accelerometers, tachometers, and dynamometers

Learning modules (pdf files)
Mechanical_measurement.pdf
Interactive linear potentiometer

Lecture notes (tablet PC)
Class canceled on Friday


Excel and MATLAB files

Extra Stuff: Papers, Articles, and Videos
History of the standard meter
Potentiometers as volume controls
LVDT senses bills in ATM machine!
Applications of LVDT
Ultrasound_medical_applications.pdf
Understanding interferometry
Wagon wheel aliasing (animation)
Cool wagon wheel website
Strobe picture of a falling ball
More wagon wheel aliasing
Videos

Homework assignments
HW Set 11  Due Friday 11/21
Note: Since class is canceled on Friday, HWs are due in Professor Cimbala's office (234 Reber) by noon on Friday this week.

Labs
Lab 10 (pdf)  Temperature Measurement
Lab 10 (doc)  Temperature Measurement

Fall Break Week

Dates
11/2511/29

Lecture topics
NO LECTURES

Learning modules (pdf files)
NO LEARNING MODULES

Lecture notes (tablet PC)
NO LECTURE NOTES


Excel and MATLAB files
NO FILES

Extra Stuff: Papers, Articles, and Videos
NO EXTRAS

Homework assignments
NO HOMEWORK

Labs
NO LABS

Week 14

Dates
12/0112/05

Lecture topics
Fluid flow measurements  pressure, velocity, and volume flow rate measurements

Learning modules (pdf files)
Pressure_measurement.pdf
Velocity_measurement.pdf
Fringe_interference_two_laser_beams.doc
Volume_flow_rate_measurement.pdf

Lecture notes (tablet PC)


Excel and MATLAB files

Extra Stuff: Papers, Articles, and Videos
propane tank manometer
Piezoelectric dance floor
Piezoelectric power for Ipod
Piezoelectric energy conversion
Piezoelectric roads
Piezoelectric roads controversy
Piezoelectric sensor for a drum head
Piezoelectric pickups for instruments
Piezoelectric shoes with lights
Medical sensor powered by rap music!
Strange RADAR gun ticket
RADAR guns and baseball
RADAR application  baby monitoring
Radar and cancer link?
LIDAR in House of Cards
Wikipedia  Pitot probes
Pitotstatic probes on race cars
Pitot probe and airplane crash
Hot wires on fighter jets
PIV explained  good article
PIV in the Gulf oil spill
Videos

Homework assignments
HW Set 12  Due Monday 12/08
Note the change in routine  this last HW not due until Monday.

Labs
Lab 11 (pdf)  Mechanical Measurements
Lab 11 (doc)  Mechanical Measurements

Week 15

Dates
12/0812/12

Lecture topics
Fluid flow measurements (continued);
REVIEW for final exam

Learning modules (pdf files)

Lecture notes (tablet PC)
Class canceled on Friday. Professor Cimbala will set up some office hours to answer lastminute questions before the final exam.


Excel and MATLAB files

Extra Stuff: Papers, Articles, and Videos
Omega Flowmeter Writeup
Orifice flowmeter calculator
Venturi flowmeter calculator
Spirometers (rotameter app)
Is your gas station cheating?
Water data  PA USGS
Coriolis mass flow meters
Videos

Homework assignments
HW 12 is due Monday of this week  see previous week for the file. No new HW this week.

Labs
Lab 12 (pdf)  Fluid Measurements
Lab 12 (doc)  Fluid Measurements
This lab report must be turned in at the end of lab class.
FlowManager_screen_dumps.pdf
PIV_without_jet.PNG
Laminar_flow_meter_calibration.pdf
