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. Please see the Registrar's page for more information.

Sample Reading List

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

See instructor for complete list 


Claire F. Gmachl

Reading/Writing Assignments

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


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

Other Requirements

Open to First Year Undergraduates Only.

Prerequisites and Restrictions

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

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