ENGR 251-Spring 2021 Welcome Letter crn #31268 and 31269

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Welcome to Dynamics (Spring 2021 CRN# 31268 and 31269)

Dear Student,

My name is Eltahry Elghandour , and I will be your instructor in the upcoming online version of Dynamics (ENGR251). This letter is to inform you of some important details prior to the commencement of this online class.  Please make sure you do not have any conflicts with the exam times listed below.  Please read this page carefully!!

For many of you this will be your second  true engineering class and I would like to congratulate you on making it to this point. It is quite an achievement to have passed all of the math, physics and statics classes required to take this class, you are the "cream of the crop"!

Tentative Test Dates (you must clear your schedule to take the tests at these times):

You do not need to come to San Luis Obispo, CA for the tests.  Make sure you don't have any conflicts with the exams that are on Saturday May 15th at 10am.  The final will be online but that may change.  In any case, everyone will be taking the test on the same day and time.

Students must have access to Google Chrome in order to take the exams and quizzes and have the Proctorio app installed.  https://cuesta.instructure.com/eportfolios/135/Poctorio :

Tests may last up to two hours:

Test : Saturday May 15th, 2021 at 10:00am Pacific Time

Time Requirement

The average student should set aside about 15 hours a week to be successful in this class.

Book Requirements

You will not be purchasing the course materials in the bookstore but you will be required to purchase them online.  More instructions will be provided on Canvas.  Access fee: $69.

Required: The textbook "Vector Mechanics for Engineers- Dynamics, 7th ed. by Beer/Johnston" is an optional text.  You can pick up your hard copy for the semester at the Reserve Desk in the library.  Please return it at the end of the term, otherwise you will be billed $50 for it.  This book is completely required and all homework problems will be assigned from 7th edition textbook.  This is an older edition and cannot be purchased in the bookstore.  You are free to use the reserve copies or go online to amazon.com and buy a used copy for a fraction of what the current version is selling for, about $240.

Web Site Requirements

We will be using Canvas (https://cuesta.instructure.com/) as this is the site that will be managing the course and it is required.  It will have the weekly activities including quizzes, videos, and homework assignments.  I will send you more information as we get closer to the start of the class.

How to use Canvas

Canvas is an online classroom management system that this class will be using.  For more information on how to use it check out the "How-To" links here: 

https://www.cuesta.edu/about/depts/compserv/howto_materials_students.htmlLinks to an external site.

Resources for Learning

-Post questions in the class discussion forum.

-Watch the assigned video lectures online on Canvas.

-Read the book or the various links provided.

-Visit the Tutorial Center: https://www.cuesta.edu/student/resources/ssc/index.htmlLinks to an external site.

-Homework and quizzes.

-Study groups.

-Disabled Student Services: https://www.cuesta.edu/student/studentservices/dsps/index.htmlLinks to an external site.

 Contacting the Instructor

If you have a non-private question then please post it in the class discussion forum on Canvas, this way other students can benefit from my reply.  If it is a private message then please use the messaging system from within Canvas rather than sending an email via my Cuesta account.  Using the messaging system within Canvas will allow me to have a record of our conversation associated with the class and also won't get marked as spam that may happen with the Cuesta email account.  If none of the above contact options work then you can email me at my Cuesta email account: eelghand@cuesta.edu


This class will be using Proctorio or Zoom for quizzes and exams.  Please refer to this link for more information:  https://cuesta.instructure.com/eportfolios/135/Poctorio

There are no provisions for anyone who misses any of these exams.  Let me know if you are having problems with anything related to the course.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 FAQs: https://cuesta.instructure.com/eportfolios/135/FAQs

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