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 Course Title:   Statics

 Title Abbreviation:   STATICS

 Department:    ENGR&

 Course #:    214

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5

 CIP:    140101

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2017

 Course Description  

The fundamentals of Newtonian equilibrium mechanics using vector notation. Equilibrium of particles and rigid bodes, structural analysis, internal forces, friction, center of gravity and centroids, and moments of inertia.


Prerequisite: MATH& 151 and PHYS& 241 (may be concurrent).

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 55

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic Elective  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe positions, forces and moments in vector form in 2 and 3 dimensions.
  2. Solve problems in static equilibrium situations or in constant velocity systems.
  3. Apply the concepts of equilibrium to analyze various structures such as frames, trusses and machines.
  4. Analyze systems that include frictional forces and distributed loads.
  5. Determine internal forces in structures and generate VM diagrams.
  6. Calculate centroids and moments of inertia for rigid bodies.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

8. Mathematical Reasoning

Definition: Understanding and applying concepts of mathematics and logical reasoning in a variety of contexts, both academic and non-academic.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
8.1 Analyze problems to determine what mathematical principles apply.
8.2 Correctly apply logical reasoning and mathematical principles to solve problems.
8.3 Interpret information and reasoning expressed mathematically (for example in spreadsheets, diagrams, charts, formulas, etc.).

9. Scientific Literacy

Definition: Understanding scientific principles, and analyzing and applying scientific information in a variety of contexts.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
9.3 Analyze, apply, and communicate scientific concepts and principles in context (for example, in technological, personal, and/or professional situations).

Course Contents

  1. Unit conversions
  2. Force vectors; dot and cross product
  3. Equilibrium of particle and force system resultants
  4. Equilibrium of rigid body
  5. Structural analysis (trusses, frames, and machines)
  6. Center of gravity and centroids
  7. Internal forces (shear and moment diagrams)
  8. Friction
  9. Moments of inertia