It was their second day of class, and the Glendale Community College students in the architecture lab were a tad confused.
They began working on their first projects Wednesday, drawing a 3-D image in a 2-D space, a challenging task in this mid-level course.
By manually drawing two different 2-D views of intersecting pipes, students could visualize and plot points for a third view of a 3-D image.
"And if you wanted to see what [points on the pipe were] closer to you, you'd draw another view," said Chris Wise, a second-year student. "Doing it by hand and seeing what's closer, there's a lot of applications in the field, if you're piping, for example, or you're an electrical engineer... placing wires."
The descriptive geometry class, or Architecture 103, is an essential transfer requirement to certain programs at California state universities and a key foundation for future careers, students said.