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. This course takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00am to 12:20pm.

Sample Reading List

"The Calculus Lifesaver: All the Tools You Need to Excel at C" by Adrian Banner 

"Probability and Information" by David Applebaum 

"A Tour of Calculus" by David Berlinski 

"Calculus" by Michael Spivak 

See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing Assignments

Weekly reading 20 pages.


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

Other Requirements

EGR 152, MAT 104 are considered equivalent courses and cannot be taken multiple times for credit. This course is equivalent to MAT 104 and can be used to satisfy BSE freshman year requirements.

Prerequisites and Restrictions

Open to Freshmen and Sophomores only.