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Engineering (Basic)

A introductory guide to engineering and technology resources. Directed primarily at engineering undergraduates in ASU101 and lower-level engineering courses.

Getting Facts & Formulas

Of course you can use Google and Wikipedia to look up facts and formulas, but why take a chance it will be "Average Joe's" homework assignment or some unknown person editing Wikipedia who provides the information?   Be safe - Get your engineering information straight from a professional  engineer. 

Click on the links below to find a list of resources for the following types of information:

  • Short description of a word, phrase or concept:
    • Engineering Dictionaries provide a one or two sentence definition of engineering terminology. 
    • Encyclopedias provide several paragraphs about very common engineering concepts or topics. 

  • More in-depth description (or basic introduction) of a concept or topic:
    • Engineering Encyclopedias usually provide more in-depth coverage of a concept or topic than general encyclopedias; could be several pages or more per article.
    • Books such as an introductory textbook for the specific area of engineering provide more descriptive info than a general encyclopedia or dictionary. 
    • Handbooks and Manuals are usually one-volume works containing overviews of a specific area of engineering; very handy for getting a quick refresher to the basic knowledge of that specific area.

  • Formulas and Calculations:
    • Books such as an introcutory textbook for the specific area of engineering provide formulas in addition to descriptions and usually have exercises for applying those formulas.
    • Handbooks and Manuals frequently provide formulas as well as descriptions for concepts within a field.  

  • Numerical data:
    • Handbooks can vary in scope and content; some will contain primarily text, some combine text plus data tables and some are completely data tables with no description.  

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