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Areas of Study | | PHYS152 syllabus

COURSE TITLE:Applied Mechanics-Statics

This course includes the fundamental concepts of Newtonian mechanics to the statics of particles and rigid bodies in two dimensional and three dimensional space. It covers mathematical analysis of forces and their equilibrium in structural members and forces due to friction; calculation at center of gravity, centers of pressure, and moments of inertia; study of virtual work for systems. The free-body diagram approach and vector analysis methods are used.

PHYS106. Physics-Mechanics is a calculus based physics, which introduce for engineering, physics, mathematics, and chemistry students to kinematics, forces, energy, and circular motion. The class consists of lecture, demonstrations, and laboratory. Class meets for 3 hours of lecture per week. IAI code EGR 911.


This course involves a great deal of work on the student's part and would be nearly impossible for the student to master the content without persistently working the problems. As prerequisite, students are expected to possess the knowledge of general physics and calculus. Students are expected to spend an additional 3-5 hours per week outside of class to complete all assignments. To achieve the general education goals and learning outcomes, students will communicate meaningfully in writing while presenting information. Students will translate quantifiable problems into mathematical terms and solve these problems using mathematical operations. Students will construct graphs and charts, interpret them, and draw appropriate conclusions.

Course activities include:
  1. Speaking Assignments: Students will present research individually or in groups using current technology to support the presentation; students will participate in discussions and debates related to the topics in the lessons
  2. Case Studies: Complex situations and scenarios will be analyzed in cooperative group settings or as homework assignments
  3. Lectures: This format will include question and answer sessions to provide interactivity between students and the instructor
  4. Videos or Invited Speakers: Related topics will provide impetus for discussion

Students are expected to achieve strong critical thinking skills in terms of problem solving. Students are expected to be able to determine from any initial question of any of the following that apply:
  1. The meaning and importance of all given information
  2. the primary unknown for which a solution is desired
  3. any secondary unknowns or relationships that may be required
  4. proper understanding of the techniques required to move toward solution
  5. a proper understanding of the meaning of the solution, and
  6. ability to interpret and properly explain the solution
Students are expected to correctly make use of online supplemental tools to judge the reasonableness of a solution or answer and justify all processes used any of the following that apply:
  1. the meaning and level of importance of all given
  2. all formulas and/or theorems that are applicable to a solution, or
  3. a proper understanding of the meaning/interpretation of the solution
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Exhibit knowledge of and show competence in analyzing, and solving problems in statics
  • Clearly show work or provide clear explanation as how to setup and generate a solution for application problems
  • Use, understand and write all required physics symbols and abbreviations
  • Clearly relate interpretation of solutions to standard real world physics application problems. achieve strong critical thinking skills in terms of problem solving. Students are expected to be able to determine from any initial question of any of the following that apply
  • Correctly make use of online supplemental tools to judge the reasonableness of a solution or answer and justify all processes used any of the following that apply:
    • The overall objective of this course is to master the concepts of statics
    • This includes applying math and physics principles in the process of identifying, formulating, and solving engineering problems
    • Specific objectives include learning mechanics, solving problems including design and safety, communicating through free body diagrams
  • Students who successfully complete the course will demonstrate the following learning objectives by tests and homework, the student must be able to:
    • add or subtract any number of vectors in a plane using laws of sines and cosines
    • resolve vectors into two dimensional and three dimensional components and to sum components
    • understand unit vector, position vector and graphic representations of Cartesian vectors
    • perform multiplication and division of a vector by a scalar; perform dot product, cross product, and scalar triple product of vectors
    • determine the equilibrium of a particle in two dimensional and three dimensional space
    • understand the procedure for drawing a free-body diagram
    • determine the moment of a force and a couple with respect to a point and with respect to an axis
    • combine moments and couples in a plane
    • resolve a system of moments and couples to equivalent systems
    • perform the reduction of a simple distributed loading to a single resultant force
    • perform the reduction of a concurrent force system, a coplanar force system, and a parallel force system to a wrench
    • understand the special case of a zero force member, two force member and three force member
    • find moment vectors in three dimensional space
    • find equivalent systems of moment and couples in three dimensional space
    • establish equations of equilibrium of forces and moments in two and three dimensional space for rigid-body
    • understand constraints for a rigid body by studying support reactions under different cases
    • solve internal forces in structural members by the method of joints and by the method of sections
    • use equations of equilibrium to analyze forces acting in a frame, on simple trusses, on planar trusses, and on a machine
    • solve equilibrium problems involving dry friction by using theory of dry friction
    • determine friction in wedges and screws
    • determine belt friction
    • use the principle of moments to find the center of gravity and center of mass for an area, for a volume, for a line, and for single or composite bodies
    • find moment of inertia for composite area and composite bodies
    • understand parallel-axis theorem and radius of gyration
    • apply principle of virtual work to a system of connected rigid body

Applied mechanics (PHYS152) is primarily a course in solving problems involving statics. Using Physics 106 as a background, it elaborates on the type of problems encountered there. Although the theoretical reasoning behind the physical principles is covered, the main emphasis is on the application of the theory to problems of practical applications. The main objective of the course is to develop the ability to analyze an engineering problem in a simple and logical manner and to apply its solution to the fundamental principles of mechanics. In a 16-week-long semester, the following topics are covered:
  • Introduction to statics(0.5 weeks):
    • Newton's laws of motion and gravitational attraction
    • units of basic quantities
  • Vectors-forces and moments. (2.5 weeks)
  • Equilibrium of Particles. (1.5 weeks)
  • Equilibrium of Rigid Bodies (2.5 weeks)
  • Equivalent force/moment systems (1.5 weeks)
  • Internal forces in beams, structure-trusses, frames, and machines (2.5 weeks)
  • Distributed forces (1.0 week)
  • Centroids and centers of gravity (1.0 week)
  • Friction (1.0 week)
  • Method of virtual work (1.0 week)
  • Moments of inertia (1.0 week)


Hibbeler, R.C., Engineering Mechanics - Statics, 8th Edition, Macmillan, 1998.
A TI-83 or better calculator is recommended.

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The student will be evaluated on the degree to which student learning outcomes are achieved. A variety of methods may be used, such as tests, quizzes, class attendance and participation, reading assignments, projects, homework, presentations, and final exam. Students are expected to completely solve problems as homework from each section as assigned. Homework grade will be assigned based on the solution procedure, results, organization, and presentation. Each solution shall be explained with all the detail and diagrams necessary for another person to review. Hourly exam is composed by solving problems selected from each chapter. A comprehensive final exam is given at the end of the semester.

Three major separate sources will contribute to the grade in this course:
final exam
hourly exams (including quizzes and projects)
homework (including presentation)

Determination of grade is according to the following scale:

  • Vector Mechanics for Engineers: Statics w/CD ROM, by Ferdinand P. Beer, Jr., E. Russell Johnston, Elliott R. Eisenberg, and David Mazurek, 8th edition, 2006 by McGraw-Hill Book Company.
  • Engineering Mechanics, Volume 1, Statics, Meriam, J. L., and Kraige, L. G., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 6th  edition, Hardcover, 2006, by John Wiley & Sons Inc.
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