The Principles of Experimental Research
- K Srinagesh, Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
The need to understand how to design and set up an investigative experiment is nearly universal to all students in engineering, applied technology and science, as well as many of the social sciences. Many schools offer courses in this fundamental skill and this book is meant to offer an easily accessible introduction to the essential tools needed, including an understanding of logical processes, how to use measurement, the doâs and donâts of designing experiments so as to achieve reproducible results and the basic mathematical underpinnings of how data should be analyzed and interpreted. The subject is also taught as part of courses on Engineering statistics, Quality Control in Manufacturing, and Senior Design Project, in which conducting experimental research is usually integral to the project in question.
Undergraduate and first-year graduate students in most engineering disciplines taking required or optional course in âDesign of Experiments,â âSenior Design Project,â âCapstone Design Project,â âEngineering Statistics,â and other course related to experimental research, data analysis and statistical inference.