Course MAT192

An Integrated Introduction to Engineering, Mathematics, Physics

Taken concurrently with EGR/MAT/PHY 191, this course offers an integrated presentation of the material from PHY 103 (General Physics: Mechanics and Thermodynamics) and MAT 201 (Multivariable Calculus) with an emphasis on applications to engineering. Math topics include: vector calculus; partial derivatives and matrices; line integrals; simple differential equations; surface and volume integrals; and Green's, Stokes', and divergence theorems.

The primary goal of this integrated course is to give first-year engineering students a sense of the excitement of modern engineering and of the foundational roles that mathematics and physics play in various engineering disciplines. Engineering, Math, and Physics (EMP) was the first course sequence developed by the Keller Center and is a key part of the center's efforts to shape engineering education for the 21st century. The 2009-10 academic year marked the fifth year of a four-year pilot for the course, which has now become an established part of the curriculum with an integrated two-course physics/math sequence in the fall semester and a separate introductory engineering course in the spring term.

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Description of classes

One lecture, two preceptorials.


Sample reading list: Weir, Hass, and Giordano, Thomas' Calculus. Early Transcendentals, 11th ed.

Reading/Writing assignments: Reading 20 pages from Thomas' Calculus.

Who Takes This Course

Open to Freshman BSE Students Only

Placement and Prerequisites

All first-year engineering students who have placement into multivariable calculus on the basis of a score of 5 or better on the BC calculus exam (or equivalent) are eligible to enroll.


Mid Term Exam - 30%
Take Home Final Exam - 35%
Quizzes - 20%
Problem set(s) - 15%