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Illinois Industrial University.
methods in use of government and land surveys, make-up of parties; plans and ornamentation of important buildings; architectural style and details, stability, economy and novelty of construction of roof trusses, arches, bridges, canals and reservoirs, peculiar instruments, machinery for spinning metals, making gas pipes, saws, etc.
In all the schools of this College a Thesis is required of those who graduate. It must be an original composition of suitable length, upon a subject appropriate to the school, and approved by the Professor in charge. The student must be prepared to read, explain and defend it before his class. It must be illustrated with such photographs, drawings and sketches as may be needed, and embellished with a title page neatly designed and printed with India ink, or colors. It must be upon Regulation Paper and securely bound. It will be prepared during the latter part of the fourth year and presented at the close of the course, after which it will be deposited in the Library of the College. The Vacation Journals and Theses will be preserved in the cabinets of the respective schools for future reference. These papers, and also the practical exercises mentioned in each course, will be credited upon the diploma, and no course of the College will be accepted as complete without them.
SCHOOL OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING.
OBJECT OF THE SCHOOL.
This school seeks to prepare students for the Profession of Mechanical Engineering. It aims to fit them to invent, design, construct and manage machinery for any branch of manufactures or of industrial pursuits. The State has serious need of a class of men who, to a thorough knowledge of the principles of machinery and of the various motors, shall add the practical skill necessary to design and construct the machines by which these motors are made to do work. To supply such men is the leading aim of this school.
The instruction, while severely scientific, is thoroughly practical, aiming at a clear understanding and mastery of all mechanical principles and devices. Practice in the Mechanical Laboratory is combined with the theoretical training, and is counted as one of the studies of the course. In PRINCIPLES, the knowledge is imparted in lectures, combined with the use of plates and illustrative models, and recitations are made from text-books. Numerous examples are also given, showing the application of the theories and principles taught. Experiments in the testing of machines and motors are undertaken by the student. In PRACTICE, the instruction consists mainly in the execution of