Classroom Experience

Classroom Experience

We are pleased to offer you a chance to experience what it's like to be a Rensselaer student during Family Weekend this year! The classes listed here will be open for you to visit on Friday, October 28, 2022. While these are mostly informal instructional periods, all are welcome to attend. Please keep in mind, classroom space is limited. Building Locations can be found on our campus map.


PHYS-2210-01 Quantum Physics I
10:00am – 11:50am
Academy Hall Auditorium

Introduction to the formalism of Special Relativity, Schrodinger wave mechanics, and spin-1/2 particles. Solutions to Schrodinger’s Equation in one, two, and three dimensions. One-electron atoms and quantum mechanical magnetic dipole moments.


BMED-4250-01 Biomedical Transport Phenomena
10:00am – 11:50am
Pittsburgh Building, Room 4206

Quantitative analysis of transport phenomena in physiological systems, including fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and mass transfer. Fluid statics, mass and energy conservation, laminar and turbulent flow, microscale and macroscale analytical methods, mass transport with biochemical reactions, applications to transport in tissue and organs will be introduced.


ENGR-2530-03 Strength of Materials
10:00am – 11:50am
Darrin Communications Center (DCC), Room 324

Concept of stress and strain, generalized Hooke’s law, axial load, torsion, pure bending, transverse loading, transformation of stress and strain components in 2D, design of beams and shafts for strength, deflection of beams, work and energy, columns.


CSCI-2200-01 Foundations of Computer Science
10:00am – 11:50am
Russell Sage Laboratory Building, Room 3303

This course introduces important mathematical and theoretical tools for computer science, including topics from set theory, combinatorics, and probability theory, and then proceeds to automata theory, the Turing Machine model of computation, and notions of computational complexity. The course will emphasize formal reasoning and proof techniques.


PHIL-2140-01 Introduction to Logic
10:00am – 11:50am
Low Center for Industrial Innovation, Room 4050

Introduction to first-order logic as a tool to be used in engineering, computer science, philosophy, etc., and as procedural knowledge helpful in puzzle-solving environments (e.g., standardized tests). A hands-on laboratory component is included.


ENGR-2050-09 Introduction to Engineering Design
10:00am – 11:50am
Low Center for Industrial Innovation, Room 3130

A first course in engineering design which emphasizes creativity, teamwork, communication, and work across engineering disciplines. Students are introduced to the design process through a semester-long project which provides a design-build-test experience. Oral and written communication are important elements of the course.


MGMT-2430-01 Marketing Principles
12:00pm – 1:50pm
Science Center (Jonsson-Rowland), Room 4309

This course provides students with an understanding of marketing principles and the role of the marketing discipline. The course is intended to help students learn the basic concepts and practices of marketing and to familiarize them with the terminology and techniques for properly framing and analyzing marketing problems. In addition to marketing concepts, processes, and strategy, issues such as the social consequences of marketing are discussed.


ENGR-2250-01 Thermal and Fluids Engineering I
12:00pm – 1:50pm
Darrin Communications Center (DCC), Room 232

Application of control volume balances of mass, momentum, energy, and entropy in systems of practical importance to all engineers. Identification of control volumes, properties of pure materials, mass and energy conservation for closed and open systems, second law of thermodynamics, Bernoulli equation, fluid statics, forces and heat transfer in external and internal flows, conduction, and radiative heat transfer.


PSYC-4370-01 Cognitive Psychology
12:00pm – 1:50pm
Russell Sage Laboratory Building, Room 3101

The focus of this course is on the flow of information from sensory input to retrieval from long-term memory. Within this framework, topics such as mnemonics, pattern recognition, attention, computer simulation, reasoning, and the relationship between culture and thought are discussed.


CHEM-1100-04 Chemistry I
12:00pm – 1:50pm
Darrin Communications Center (DCC), Room 308

Principles of chemistry, with particular focus on atomic and molecular structure and bonding, periodicity, basic thermodynamic principles, introduction to acid-base chemistry and elementary chemical equilibrium, and introduction to organic chemistry.


MGMT-1100-04 Management in the Digital Age
12:00pm – 1:50pm
Russell Sage Laboratory Building, Room 5510

This is a required first course for management majors and minors. In a case-based format, it emphasizes broad, basic principles of managerial functions and processes using an interdisciplinary approach to goal-oriented situations of private and public organizations.


PSYC-2730-01 Social Psychology
12:00pm – 1:50pm
Russell Sage Laboratory Building, Room 3303

This is a survey course covering theories, methods, and empirical research on personal and situational factors influencing social behavior. Topics covered include social perception, the construction of social reality, decision making, group influences on behavior, and attitudes.


LITR-2150-01 Modern & Contemporary Literature
2:00pm – 3:50pm
Russell Sage Laboratory Building, Room 2715

Students explore the philosophical, political, and artistic grounds from which modern and contemporary literature arises and develop their own creative capacities in a project related to the course readings.


CHME-4010-01 Transport Phenomena I
2:00pm – 3:50pm
Ricketts Building, Room 203

An introductory course in transport phenomena covering fluid statics, and one-dimensional diffusive processes including laminar flow, heat conduction, and mass diffusion. Course focuses on developing the equations of change, introducing sum-of-resistance concepts and couple fluid flow, heat transfer, and mass transfer problems. The concept of extended surfaces as a means of enhancing transport process is included. The course introduces numerical simulation concepts for solving simple, one-dimensional transport problems.


CSCI-1200-01 Data Structures
2:00pm – 3:50pm
West Hall Auditorium

Programming concepts: functions, parameter passing, pointers, arrays, strings, structs, classes, templates. Mathematical tools: sets, functions, and relations, order notation, complexity of algorithms, proof by induction. Data structures and their representations: data abstraction and internal representation, sequences, trees, binary search trees, associative structures. Algorithms: searching and sorting, generic algorithms, iterative and recursive algorithms. Methods of testing correctness and measuring performance.


ENGR-2050-09 Introduction to Engineering Design
2:00pm - 3:50pm
Science Center (Jonsson-Rowland), Room 3232

A first course in engineering design which emphasizes creativity, teamwork, communication, and work across engineering disciplines. Students are introduced to the design process through a semester-long project which provides a design-build-test experience. Oral and written communication are important elements of the course.


LANG-1410-03 Chinese I
2:00pm – 3:50pm
Darrin Communications Center (DCC), Room 235

This course assumes no previous knowledge of the subject. The course is designed to provide students with fundamental skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing Mandarin Chinese. Oral and aural skills will be emphasized. Background on Chinese culture will be introduced as an element of the course. For entry level, non-native speakers only. 

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