Mechanical Engineering 24, Section 3

Art and Science on Wheels (1 unit, P/NP)

Wednesday 10:00-11:00, Online / Synchronous, Class number: 28991

This seminar will examine two devices near and dear to my heart—the automobile and the bicycle. Both of these have undergone a long history of change and innovation; both inspire passion in their users; and both embody technical as well as artistic excellence. Some issues we will look at will be efficiency, alternative power sources, environmental impact, dynamics, aerodynamics and handling. Along the way we'll dispel some myths, and ideally people will leave with a deeper appreciation for what bicycles and cars truly represent.


Upright bipeds with bilateral symmetry preferred. Hopefully mammalian.