Yeah, well, whatever. Here’s a picture of my ME 395 end of semester project. ME 395 is a glorified lab – a semester of labs that introduce the student to hours of data analysis, multiple papers, and methods of testing. Or, as the Course Description says:
Weekly lectures and experiments designed to introduce the student to the basics of experimentation, instrumentation, data collection and analysis, error analysis, and reporting. Topics will include fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, mechancis, materials, and dynamical systems. Emphasis is placed on report writing and team-building skills.
The final lab was an exercise in quantifying drag. In the lab, each team received a balsa wood block, and was required to shape, test, shape, test till they reached an “optimized” drag and lift force, while maximizing volume.
I’m not too sure how well we placed in the class, but in our lab section we won the “prize” – a bar of dark chocolate (mmmm, chocolate). I can look back on my experience in the class and say I enjoyed it, though at times I felt like I was never going to make it through the semester!