Stephen T Muench
Study of vehicular transportation fundamentals including geometric design, pavement design, traffic flow concepts, level of service analysis, intelligent transportation systems, travel demand prediction methods, and management of transportation systems. Includes a review of relevant vehicle operating characteristics. Prerequisite: either MATH 126, MATH 134, MATH 135, or MATH 136; PHYS 121.
We cover most basic aspects of vehicular transportation engineering including vehicle dynamics (braking, tractive effort, etc.), geometric design of roadways, pavement design, traffic flow, level of service, intelligent transportation systems, travel demand modeling and route choice modeling. You should have a working knowledge of these aspects of transportation engineering, an idea of how they are applied in practice and the ability to produce professionally acceptable designs and analyses using these skills.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Instruction is by lecture, in-class examples, homework and 2 exams. Most lectures are aided by PowerPoint files, which can be downloaded from the class website. The class website contains the current schedule, assignments, readings and other communications for the class.
A background in basic engineering classes is a help as well as time management skills and the ability to clearly, concisely and effectively communicate engineering design.
Class assignments and grading
There are 3 writing assignments (generally quite short), 5 individual textbook assignments (work problems from the text plus an added bonus problem), and 2 group projects. Grading tends to be weighted a bit more towards homework and group assignments than in other classes.
Grades are assigned based on performance. The class is not graded on a curve.