Create a Python Engineering program.

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The coursework requires an Engineering related Python program to be created from scratch. Creativity and quality are crucial, and following the deadline is mandatory.

The pdf is attached and says the following:


1. Show how much you have learned and how well you have learned it by writing your own code and explaining it.

2. Apply the skills you have learned to real engineering problems at whatever level of difficulty you are comfortable.

3. Be creative. There is no right or wrong answer, just a chance to either play it safe or show off! This coursework is designed to assess the top level of your ability and understanding, as the basic and intermediate-good marks were for the continual assessment and AutoCAD. Marks will be allocated for demonstrating clearly your level of understanding.

Playing it safe guarantees easy marks if you can explain it well. Being creative and being ambitious is risky but gives a chance to be in the top level. Submit your Assignment as a .html webpage using Notebook. Follow the video guide for how to do this. Remember to also submit any figures you included in the file as ![](figname.png), or I won't be able to see them! use unique filenames to avoid using the same one as anyone else. Submit before the deadline. If your submission fails/is in the wrong format and is resubmitted after the deadline, it will count as late (this will be penalised; see below; no excuses!).

The Brief

1. Choose an engineering example from one of your other units (i.e. not one from the Python notes). This can be anything, but should be something you can use a computer to do effectively and more efficiently than you could do by hand. It can be anything you like; for example: solving the equations for a structural, environmental or other engineering problem, simulating some engineering system that you know the details of how it works, manipulating and/or plotting data from an experiment. 2. Design and write a short (or long?) piece of code to solve or simulate the real problem. Choose something as difficult as you are comfortable with. Use Section 7 notes (and others) to guide you when writing code from scratch. 3. Surround the code with a documentation-style report (there are no marks for length, say as much as you need to be clear - ask a friend to read it to judge if this is the case). A. explaining the engineering problem or task, B. including the code and an example of the outputs, and C. explaining how the code works in simple language, so that fellow students with a beginners grasp of Python could understand it.

Use the style of explanation in the course notes as a guide to the style and level of explanation that is appropriate. You can help and advise each other, but your submission MUST be your own. You also may use code from either the notes or online as a starting template (this is how real programmers work) but make sure that the program you submit is your own! You need to demonstrate your understanding through the surrounding text and explanation. The style can be in the same format and style as some of the examples in the notes and model answers from this unit, or some other way if you want to show some flair! For example you might want to write it as if it is an online guide to programming for new engineering students, or as a report showing how you are solving a useful engineering problem. If you want a template to work from, use the format I used for the second Task (on daylight factors) but change it to be about your chosen topic. An simple example might be the Quadratic Formula example form Section 2 or exercises as the problem and explanation with the model code included as the program. A more advanced example would be some of the later material on the Euler method or some of the other later material. Remember that good code is well commented code.

How do I choose a topic? There is no one answer for everybody. If you find programming difficult then choose something quite simple at the level you are comfortable. If you want to aim higher try to simulate or solve a much more difficult example, but Beware! of taking on something that you may have difficulty getting to work. Remember you can help each other, but you will get limited help from the tutors as this is YOUR PROJECT!. Do not ask us how to write your code. If you need help it has to be very specific technical questions after you have read and can point to the relevant part of the notes you want help with.

The marks will depend not only on the skills shown and the level of difficulty, but the depth of understanding demonstrated by your explanation of the methods and code. Also the clarity and simplicity of the explanations. Marks will be earned depending on how clearly the problem, code and solution are explained. If you can show a good understanding of the fundamentals of programming then this demonstrates a good grasp of the basics and puts you in a good position to use these skills in your future units, dissertations and career. This Assessment is designed to judge the top level of understanding of all the programming material through self-study, so expect a 50% average over the whole class.

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