About Esource The Challenge Professors who teach the Introductory/First-Year Engineering course popular at most engineering schools have a unique challenge-teaching a course defined by a changing curriculum. The first-year engineering course is different from any other engineering course in that there is no real cannon that defines the course content. It is not like Engineering Mechanics or Circuit Theory where a consistent set of topics define the course. Instead, the introductory engineering course is most often defined by the creativity of professors and students, and the specific needs of a college or university each semester. Faculty involved in this course. typically put extra effort into it, and it shows in the uniqueness of each course at each school. Choosing a textbook can be a challenge for unique courses. Most freshmen require some sort of reference material to help them through their first semesters as a college student. But because faculty put such a strong mark on their course, they often have a difficult time finding the right mix of materials for their course and often have to go without a text, or with one that does not really fit. Conventional textbooks are far too static for the typical specialization of the first-year course. How do you find the perfect text for your course that will support your students educational needs, but give you the flexibility to maximize the potential of your course? ESource-The Prentice Hall Engineering Source http://emissary. prenhall.com/esource Prentice Hall created ESource-The Prentice-Hall Engineering Source-to give professors the power to harness the full potential of their text and their freshman/first year engineering course. In today's technologically advanced world, why settle for a book that isn't perfect for your course? Why not have a book that has the exact blend of topics that you want to cover with your students? More then just a collection of books, ESource is a unique publishing system revolving around the ESource website-http://emissary.prenhall.com/esource/. ESource enables you to put your stamp on your book just as you do your course. It lets you: ControlYou choose exactly what chapters or sections are in your book and in what order they appear. Of course, you can choose the entire book if you'd like and stay with the author's original order. OptimizeGet the most from your book and your course. ESource lets you produce the optimal text for your student's needs. CustomizeYou can add your own material anywhere in your text's presentation, and your final product will arrive at your bookstore as a professionally formatted text. Source Content All the content in ESource was written by educators specifically for freshman/first-year students. Authors tried to strike a balanced level of presentation, one that was not either too formulaic and trivial, but not focusing heavily on advanced topics that most introductory students will not encounter until later classes. A developmental editor reviewed the books and made sure that every text was written at the appropriate level, and that the books featured a balanced presentation. Because many professors do not have extensive time to cover these topics in the classroom, authors prepared each text with the idea that many students would use it for self-instruction and independent study. Students should be able to use this content to learn the software tool or subject on their own. While authors had the freedom to write texts in a style appropriate to their particular subject, all followed certain guidelines created to promote the consistency a text needs. Namely, every chapter opens with a clear set of objectives to lead students into the chapter. Each chapter also contains practice problems that tests a student's skill at performing the tasks they have just learned. Chapters close with extra practice questions and a listChapman, Stephen J. is the author of 'Introduction to Java' with ISBN 9780139194160 and ISBN 0139194169.