EGR 152: Foundations of Engineering: The Mathematics of Shape and Motion

This is an introductory course for single variable calculus. The material will be presented in a manner that shows how calculus combined with analytic geometry is the language of expression for quantitative ideas in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics itself. We will cover differential and integral calculus, series and sequences, as well as Taylor series to discuss topics such as information and probability, the physics of planetary motion and statistical mechanics, and development of computational algorithms. This course can be used to satisfy BSE freshman year requirements. Please see the Registrar's page for more information.

Sample Reading List

  • Adrian Banner, The Calculus Lifesaver: All the Tools You Need to Excel at C
  • David Applebaum, Probability and Information
  • David Berlinski, A Tour of the Calculus
  • Michael Spivak, Calculus

See instructor for complete list 


Andrew Houck

Reading/Writing Assignments

Weekly reading 20 pages.


  • Mid Term Exam - 25%
  • Final Exam - 25%
  • Problem set(s) - 50%

Prerequisites and Restrictions

Open to Freshmen and Sophomores only.

EGR 152, MAT 104 are considered equivalent courses and cannot be taken multiple times for credit. 

Other Information

This course is equivalent to MAT 104 and can be used to satisfy BSE freshman year requirements.