EGR 151: Foundations of Engineering: Mechanics, Energy, and Waves

This course covers mechanics, energy, waves, and introductory thermodynamics within the framework of understanding and developing engineering solutions to grand global challenges; i.e. the focus is on the role an engineer plays in responding to grand challenges and the physics foundations that are at their disposal. A full-length laboratory comprises projects designed especially for the engineering-minded student, focusing on design and building, problem solving, and entrepreneurship. This course can be used to satisfy BSE freshman year requirements. For questions about the course schedule, please see the Registrar's website.

Sample Reading List

"Physics for Scientists and Engineers" Vol. 1, 9th edition by Raymond A. Serway, John W. Jewett

See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing Assignments

Weekly problem sets and laboratory reports: 20 pages reading / 5 pages writing.


  • Mid Term Exam - 15%
  • Final Exam - 25%
  • Design Project - 15%
  • Lab Reports - 10%
  • Class/Precept Participation - 15%
  • Problem set(s) - 20%

Other Requirements

EGR 151, PHY 101, PHY 103, PHY 105, EGR 191 are considered equivalent courses and cannot be taken multiple times for credit.

Prerequisites and Restrictions

This course is equivalent to PHY 103 and can be used to satisfy BSE freshman year requirements. Open to Freshmen and Sophomores only.