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Course Objectives

This course is intended to introduce the student to the fundamentals of static equilibrium of rigid and elastic bodies as well as the concepts of equivalent systems of forces and moments.

Course Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Recognize the difference between static and dynamic equilibrium
  2. Evaluate the equivalent system of forces and moments
  3. Evaluate the location of centers of mass and area
  4. Evaluate the moments of inertia and second moments of area
  5. Evaluate reactions in structure supports
  6. Evaluate internal forces in cables, trusses, and beams
  7. Identify different types of materials
  8. Recognize the concepts of stress and strain

References

  • Vector Mechanics for Engineers: Statics and Dynamics, 10th Edition, Ferdinand P. Beer, E. Russell Johnston, Jr., David Mazurek, and Phillip J. Cornwell, McGraw Hill,2013, ISBN-13 9780073398136




Topics and Schedule

Week #
Topic
Practice and Assessment
ILO's
1
Forces in a plane
HW#01
1
2
Forces in space
HW#02
1
3
Equivalent systems of forces
HW#03
Start of Project #1 (2 weeks)
2
4
Equilibrium of rigid bodies
HW#04
1,5
5
Equilibrium of rigid bodies
HW#05
Midterm #1
1,5
6
Centroids
HW#06
3
7
Center of gravity
HW#07
3
8
Analysis of trusses
HW#08
6
9
Analysis of trusses
HW#09
Start of Project #2 (4 weeks)
Midterm #2
6
10
Forces in Frames
HW#10
6
11
Forces in cables
HW#11
6
12
Beams and bending moment
HW#12
6
13
Moments of inertia
HW#13
Midterm #3
4
14
Introduction to mechanics of materials
HW#14
7
15
The concepts of stress and strain
HW#15
8