Answer to essential questions from Unit 3.2

(1) Here are six purposes of reverse engineering:
  1. Reverse engineering is the process of generating the technical data required to duplicate a product functionally and dimensionally.
  2. Reverse engineering is a way to teach the engineering design process in a hands-on, intuitive way.
  3. Reverse engineering is the development of an operational understanding of a product.
  4. Reverse engineering is the process of benchmarking a product's cost, performance and functionality.
  5. Reverse engineering is an element of product redesign, improvement and evolution.
  6. Reverse engineering is the process of analyzing a subject system to create representations of the system at a higher level of abstraction.

(2) The difference between a product’s visual and functional qualities is visual qualities is the products appearance or how it looks and functional qualities is how the product works or what the product does.

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