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ENGS 15.04 - Computing Before Electronics

Description

In this course we explore the computational techniques by which mankind survived and thrived before the advent of the integrated circuit and the electronic calculator. From the commerce of early civilizations until the last third of the 20th century, there was a progression of mechanical calculating gadgets, some simple – some quite ingenious and complex. Among these we will study sliderules, planimeters, integrators, digital adding machines, nomographs, and other special charts and graphical techniques. We will also cover celestial navigation, which in its day was a particularly important application of calculation. Laboratory sessions will give students direct experience using antique and period calculating instruments, plus the opportunity to create their own calculating devices.
Includes Lab

Distribution Code

TLA

Offered

Term
Time
Location / Method
Instructor(s)
Term: Winter 2022
Time: J
Location:
Instructors:

Harold J. Frost


Term: Summer 2021
Time: J
Location:

105 Cummings/

Remote with synchronous components

Instructors:

Harold J. Frost


Term: Summer 2021
Time: J
Location:

105 Cummings/

Remote lectures, but optional on-campus components

Instructors:

Harold J. Frost