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What is Engineering?: Crash Course Engineering #1

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What is Engineering?: Crash Course Engineering #1

In our first episode of Crash Course Engineering, Shini explains what engineering is, and gives a brief overview of its four main branches (civil, mechanical, electrical, and chemical) as well as a look at some of the other fields of engineering.

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“The Story of Engineering” by James Kip Finch. Anchor Books, 1960.

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Mechanical Engineering: Crash Course Engineering #3

Today we continue our tour through the major fields of engineering with a look at mechanical engineering, beginning with the steam engine. We’ll discuss aircraft, the development of aerospace engineering, and take a look into the future of robotics and biomechanics.

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The History of Electrical Engineering: Crash Course Engineering #4

Next stop on our tour of engineering’s major fields: electrical engineering. In this episode we’ll explore the history of telecommunications, electric power and lighting, and computers. We’ll introduce topics like magnetism, electrical conduction, telegraphy, lighting, and computers.

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Civil Engineering: Crash Course Engineering #2

We’re beginning our engineering journey with a tour through the major branches. Today Shini explains the facets of civil engineering, including structural and construction engineering, city planning, transportation, and sanitation.

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What's an Engineer? Crash Course Kids #12.1

You've heard of Engineers, I'm sure. But, what are Engineers? Well, it turns out that they're all kinds of people doing all kinds of neat work! Want to be one? Well, join Sabrina in this episode of Crash Course Kids where she talks about what they do and why they do it!

This first series is based on 5th grade science. We're super excited and hope you enjoy Crash Course Kids!

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3-5-ETS1-1. Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.

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The History of Chemical Engineering: Crash Course Engineering #5

Today we’ll cover the fourth and final of our core disciplines of engineering: chemical engineering. We’ll talk about its history and evolution going from soda ash competitions to oil refineries and renewable energies. We’ll also discuss some newer and emerging fields like biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.

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“Basic Principles and Calculations in Chemical Engineering” by David Mautner Himmelblau, James B. Riggs

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How To Become An Engineer: Crash Course Engineering #45

Hopefully this course has gotten you excited about all the things we can do with engineering. If so, today we’re going to try to help you answer a very important question: how do you become an engineer? What are the steps? What kinds of careers can you pursue?

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The Engineering Process: Crash Course Kids #12.2

So, how do we go about being engineers? In this episode of Crash Course Kids, Sabrina talks to us about the Engineering Process and why we should do things in order, as well as many of the questions we should ask along the way.

This first series is based on 5th grade science. We're super excited and hope you enjoy Crash Course Kids!

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The First & Zeroth Laws of Thermodynamics: Crash Course Engineering #9

In today’s episode we’ll explore thermodynamics and some of the ways it shows up in our daily lives. We’ll learn the zeroth law of thermodynamics, what it means to reach a thermal equilibrium, and define the first law of thermodynamics. We’ll also explore how stationary, adiabatic, and isochoric processes can make our lives as engineers a little easier.

Note: Different branches of engineering sometimes define the first law of thermodynamics differently, depending on how work is defined. Essentially, work released from a system might be defined as a positive value or a negative value, and thus the first law can be defined as either Q-W or Q+W. Both are acceptable forms, depending on how the system is defined! We chose to focus on only one definition here to limit the confusion.

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Çengel, Yunus A., and Michael A. Boles. Thermodynamics: An Engineering Approach. 8th ed., McGraw-Hill Education.





















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Software Engineering: Crash Course Computer Science #16

Today, we’re going to talk about how HUGE programs with millions of lines of code like Microsoft Office are built. Programs like these are way too complicated for a single person, but instead require teams of programmers using the tools and best practices that form the discipline of Software Engineering. We'll talk about how large programs are typically broken up into into function units that are nested into objects known as Object Oriented Programming, as well as how programmers write and debug their code efficiently, document and share their code with others, and also how code repositories are used to allow programmers to make changes while mitigating risk.

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Engineering Compilation: Crash Course Kids

Maybe you'd like to just hear about one topic for a while. We understand. Thus, we've created our Compilation Series. In this first (and longest) compilation video, we look at some of our videos about Engineering. Sabrina helps us to understand how engineers make things like cars, bridges, robots, and houses. And how we can become engineers, ourselves!

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Writer: Allyson Shaw, Jen Szymanski, Kay Boatner
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Roman Engineering: Crash Course History of Science #6

The Romans developed a lot of infrastructure like roads and aqueducts to both help their cities flourish and to... you know... be better at war. But the interesting thing about Roman Engineering is how it was almost all focused on Techne and not Episteme. In this episode of Crash Course History of Science, Hank takes us down the road of road building, domes, and some really cool cement.

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To The Moon & Mars - Aerospace Engineering: Crash Course Engineering #34

This week we’re exploring aerospace engineering and its two main fields: aeronautical engineering and astronautical engineering. We’ll explore life & buoyancy, propulsion systems, and the challenges of managing the human body in space.

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Engineering Ethics: Crash Course Engineering #27

We’ve talked about many important concepts for engineers, but today we’re going to discuss a hugely important one that you might not even realize is an engineering concept: ethics. We’ll talk about what a Code of Ethics is. We’ll explore engineering ethics and the ethical theories of utilitarianism, rights ethics, and duty ethics. We’ll also take a look at a few different real life examples of ethical problems in engineering.

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Early Computing: Crash Course Computer Science #1

Hello, world! Welcome to Crash Course Computer Science! So today, we’re going to take a look at computing’s origins, because even though our digital computers are relatively new, the need for computation is not. Since the start of civilization itself, humans have had an increasing need for special devices to help manage laborious tasks, and as the scale of society continued to grow, these computational devices began to play a crucial role in amplifying our mental abilities. From the abacus and astrolabe to the difference engine and tabulating machine, we’ve come a long way to satisfying this increasing need, and in the process completely transformed commerce, government, and daily life.

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Mass-Producing Ice Cream with Food Engineering: Crash Course Engineering #39

In this episode, we looked at food engineering. We explored how food’s capacity to spoil makes it a unique challenge from an engineering viewpoint. We saw how many branches of engineering come into play to process ingredients, ensure safety for consumers, and package food, as well as how thermodynamics is involved in the different stages of food production.

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Preventing Flint - Environmental Engineering: Crash Course Engineering #29

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A lot of work goes into managing our impact on the environment and its impact on us. That work is the work of environmental engineers. In this episode we’ll explore water quality, air quality, noise pollution, waste management, and more.

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Sound Production: Crash Course Film Production #5

Good sound is easy to miss because, usually, you're not paying attention to it. You're just simply, in the story. But, sound recordists and engineers need to have a lot of technical know how as well as an instinct for story to help immerse us in the world of the film. In today's episode, Lily talks to us about Sound Production.

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Biomedical & Industrial Engineering: Crash Course Engineering #6

We’ve discussed the four main branches of engineering but there are so many other fields doing important work, so today we’re going to explore a few of them. In this episode we’ll explore some of the history and fundamentals of industrial engineering, biomedical engineering, and bioengineering.

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What is Aerospace Engineering? (Aeronautics)

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In this video I go over aerospace engineering, specifically the aeronautics concentration.

Aeronautical engineers can work on planes, helicopters, and fighter jets, all the way to boats and cars. Anything that involves aerodynamics is something you could see an aerospace engineer working on.

Just like astronautics, aeronautics can be broken up into different subfields including aerodynamics, propulsion, controls and stability, and structures.

In the video I discuss what kind of topics you will see in the various concentrations. Realize that aerospace engineering is a math heavy major but may have a wider range of career options than you may realize.

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