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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 2 (Spring 2002) 
  • Course Title:
  • How and Why Machines Work 
  • Course Level:
  • Undergraduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Mechanical Engineering 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. Martin Culpepper
    Prof. Joseph Smith Jr. 
  • Course Introduction:

  • 2.000 How and Why Machines Work

    Spring 2002

    Course Highlights

    This course includes a wealth of materials, including lecture noteslab notesassignments, and useful software guides.

    Course Description

    Subject studies how and why machines work, how they are conceived, how they are developed (drawn), and how they are utilized. Students learn from the hands-on experiences of taking things apart mentally and physically, drawing (sketching, 3D CAD) what they envision and observe, taking occasional field trips, and completing an individual term project (concept, creation, and presentation). Emphasis on understanding the physics and history of machines.

    Technical Requirements

    SolidWorks® software is required to run and view the .sldasm and .sldprt files found on this course site. Microsoft® Excel software is recommended for viewing the .xls files found on this course site. Free Microsoft® Excel viewer software can also be used to view the .xls files.

    SolidWorks® is a registered trademark of SolidWorks Corporation.
    Microsoft® is a registered trademark or trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries.


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