Assignment 11: Due 04/23/18

Chapter 06: Engineers and the Real World

Answer each of the following questions briefly, but completely. Use your textbook and any additional references you may need. Typewritten pages are preferred, but not required. You may submit handwritten pages, but they must be completely legible. Handwritten responses which cannot be read will receive no credit.

Keep your responses brief; there should not be a need for a multi-page response to any of the questions. A few sentences should be sufficient.

Please do not copy/paste paragraphs from Wikipedia; you will be discovered instantly, and you would never insult the intelligence of your boss or a paying client by handing them poorly written and possibly incorrect information. Not to mention the damage you do to your own credibility and reputation.

  1. Research an engineering disaster (use this list). Choose one that is not already discussed in the textbook chapter.
    1. (6 points) Briefly outline what happened, when it happened, and how it happened.
    2. (6 points) Explain how it is an engineering failure (so, no natural disasters!), and what (if anything) could or should have been done to prevent the catastrophic failure.
    3. (6 points) Describe the consequences. What changed as a result of analyzing and understanding the failure?

You can download a .pdf copy of these questions, or find them in the ENGR 1301 course folder.

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