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Everyday Engineering: Understanding the Marvels of Daily Life

Explore the workings of the fascinating buildings, devices, and public utilities that we use almost every minute of the day, in this course taught by an award-winning professor.

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36 Lectures

1
Image of Engineering and Technology in Your World
Engineering and Technology in Your World
0 of 30 min
2
Image of Your House as an Engineered System
Your House as an Engineered System
0 of 28 min
3
Image of Three Structural Systems for Load Bearing
Three Structural Systems for Load Bearing
0 of 33 min
4
Image of Platform-Framed Housing Construction
Platform-Framed Housing Construction
0 of 35 min
5
Image of The Building Envelope
The Building Envelope
0 of 28 min
6
Image of Site Design and Storm Runoff
Site Design and Storm Runoff
0 of 29 min
7
Image of Dam, Reservoir, and Aqueduct Design
Dam, Reservoir, and Aqueduct Design
0 of 33 min
8
Image of Water Treatment and Distribution
Water Treatment and Distribution
0 of 28 min
9
Image of Wastewater Disposal and Treatment
Wastewater Disposal and Treatment
0 of 30 min
10
Image of Fossil Fuels: Coal, Oil, and Natural Gas
Fossil Fuels: Coal, Oil, and Natural Gas
0 of 30 min
11
Image of Power Generation from Coal
Power Generation from Coal
0 of 30 min
12
Image of Oil, Gas, and Nuclear Power
Oil, Gas, and Nuclear Power
0 of 29 min
13
Image of Renewable Sources of Electricity
Renewable Sources of Electricity
0 of 32 min
14
Image of Electrical Power Transmission: The Grid
Electrical Power Transmission: The Grid
0 of 34 min
15
Image of Electrical Power Distribution
Electrical Power Distribution
0 of 30 min
16
Image of Everyday Thermodynamics: Refrigeration
Everyday Thermodynamics: Refrigeration
0 of 31 min
17
Image of Heating, Ventilating, and Air-Conditioning
Heating, Ventilating, and Air-Conditioning
0 of 30 min
18
Image of Home Energy Efficiency
Home Energy Efficiency
0 of 32 min
19
Image of Passive Solar and Net-Zero-Energy Homes
Passive Solar and Net-Zero-Energy Homes
0 of 32 min
20
Image of The Plain Old Telephone Service
The Plain Old Telephone Service
0 of 29 min
21
Image of The Global Telecommunications Network
The Global Telecommunications Network
0 of 31 min
22
Image of Cellular Phone Technology
Cellular Phone Technology
0 of 29 min
23
Image of Satellites and Satellite Communications
Satellites and Satellite Communications
0 of 32 min
24
Image of Simple Machines around the House
Simple Machines around the House
0 of 33 min
25
Image of User-Centered Design
User-Centered Design
0 of 29 min
26
Image of The Internal Combustion Engine
The Internal Combustion Engine
0 of 30 min
27
Image of Torque, Power, and Transmission
Torque, Power, and Transmission
0 of 30 min
28
Image of The Drivetrain
The Drivetrain
0 of 34 min
29
Image of Suspension, Steering, and Braking
Suspension, Steering, and Braking
0 of 33 min
30
Image of Highway Engineering
Highway Engineering
0 of 30 min
31
Image of Traffic Engineering
Traffic Engineering
0 of 30 min
32
Image of Everyday Bridges
Everyday Bridges
0 of 34 min
33
Image of Tunnel Engineering
Tunnel Engineering
0 of 30 min
34
Image of The Railroad
The Railroad
0 of 31 min
35
Image of Solid Waste Disposal and Recycling
Solid Waste Disposal and Recycling
0 of 31 min
36
Image of The Future: Engineering for Sustainability
The Future: Engineering for Sustainability
0 of 36 min

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May 16, 2018

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April 28, 2018

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r********m
April 21, 2018
Dear Reader, I was a complete engineering novice before I watched this, nowadays I discuss engineering principles with all types of contractors who come to carry out work either at my home or in my apartment block, which I assist with the management of. Apart from being educational, this course has been the direct cause of my more informed input with building contractors on two particular matters, which has saved us, as a block, thousands of pounds and for which the neighbours were very grateful to me. I, in turn, am entirely grateful to Professor Ressler. If you wish to understand the electricity grid and power distribution into your home, or satellite communications and GPS, what happens when you make a phone call, or the internal combustion engine, transmission, or braking system of your car, how your fridge works, or your A/C system, how to see your entire house as a system of systems, the mechanical advantage in a simple inclined plane or a screw, what makes a particular design (e.g. a tap or faucet) more or less functional, or even how civil engineers calculate the best method of soil removal when constructing freeways, this course has it all and more, and Professor Ressler delivers better than any I have ever seen. He is engaging and methodical, enlightening and mellifluous, as pleasing to listen to as to watch. But I strongly advise the reader to watch the videos and not just listen on audio, at least not the first time round, as the models Professor Ressler has created to demonstrate key principles are a joy to behold as works of engineering art in and of themselves, and the graphics and illustrations are outstanding too. And well done also to The Great Courses for this fabulous educational production.

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