Everyday Engineering

Everyday Engineering

Understanding the Marvels of Daily Life

DVD - 2015
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Look around you. Great masterpieces of engineering are everywhere. As soon as you get out of bed in the morning, you are putting centuries of scientific and mechanical ingenuity to use. So familiar are these structures, inventions, and services that they are all but invisible. Yet they are just as remarkable as great works such as the Parthenon, the Eiffel Tower, and the Panama Canal. Everyday Engineering: Understanding the Marvels of Daily Life is an indispensable guide to the way things work in the world around you. Conducting this eye-opening tour is Professor Stephen Ressler of the United States Military Academy at West Point, an award-winning civil engineer and a nationally honored leader in engineering education. In 36 half-hour lectures, richly illustrated with instructive physical models, computer animations, and graphics designed by Professor Ressler himself, you start by learning how a house is put together with all its subsystems. Then you move outside to trace the origin and route of water, power, and telecommunications networks. Finally, you hit the road to discover how automobiles function and how roads and highway bridges are engineered. Along the way, Everyday Engineering investigates power plants, dams, aqueducts, railroads, communication satellites, home energy efficiency, simple machines around the house, recycling, and many other topics. No background in science or engineering is needed to follow this riveting presentation, which gives you deep insight into the underlying simplicity of the complex systems that enhance our lives. -- Publishers description
Publisher: Chantilly, Va : Teaching Co., [2015]
ISBN: 9781629972275
1629972274
Branch Call Number: DVD 620 Ress
Characteristics: 6 videodiscs (1080 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 course guidebook (viii, 393 page : illustrations ; 19 cm.)
Additional Contributors: Teaching Company

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Feb 07, 2018

I cannot praise this course highly enough. It is for anyone who’d like to understand the world around them— from the house they live in to their car and cell phone and much more. The professor is always sure to be clear enough for the student to follow him (although there are a few “tough spots” where you’d have to spend time on the equations or just mentally skip that part.)

He also gives all kinds of demonstrations, diagrams and pictures. He does not “leave you in the dust!” And, as a study hint, if you “lose the trend” it is easy to go back and find the word you didn’t fully understand and re-listen from there forward again. Most definitions are in the guidebook.

There are 18 hours of lectures; each one is half an hour. This is the professor’s website: http://stephenjressler.com/

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