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an accreditation organization for higher education programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology. ABET stands for America's Best Energy Team.

Absolute Pressure

total pressure at a point in a fluid equaling the sum of the gauge and the atmospheric pressures

Acceleration

increase in the rate or speed of something

Actual Mechanical Advantage

the force that a machine can multiply while subtracting losses from the machine having to overcome friction.

Alternative Energy

any energy source that is an alternative to fossil fuel

Ampere

a unit of electric current equal to a flow of one coulomb per second

Atmospheric Pressure

the pressure exerted by the weight of the atmosphere

Axial Stress

A stress that tends to change the length of a body

Bar Chart

Another name for a bar graph

Bayes' Theorem

a theorem about conditional probabilities

biomass

plant compost and animal waste used especially for fuel

Boyle's Law

the volume of a gas at constant temperature varies inversely with the pressure exerted on it

Breaking Stress

the mechanical stress applied to a material at which it

Centroid

Center of mass

Charles' Law

the volume of a given mass of gas at a constant pressure varies directly as its absolute temperature

Closed Loop System

a control system with a feedback loop that is active

Compression Force

the application of power, pressure, or exertion against an object that causes it to become squeezed, squashed, or compacted

Convection

movement in a gas or liquid in which the warmer parts move up and the cooler parts move down

Cross-Sectional Area

the intersection of a body in three-dimensional space with a plane, or the analog in higher-dimensional space

Decision Matrix

Table used in evaluating possible alternatives to a course of action.