Instructor: Petr Kabele
*Restricted to non CE, CON, & CCEE majors.
The objective of this course is to introduce students to the basic concepts of engineering mechanics. We will start by reviewing the general method of mechanics and principles of analysis. Then, we will define the basic quantities (force and moment) and relations, which are necessary for describing and analyzing, in a systematic mathematical way, the equilibrium of particles and rigid bodies. Along the way, students will also learn how to treat distributed loads and how to find the centroid/center of gravity and moments of inertia of bodies and areas. Eventually, we will put a strong emphasis on applying the concepts to solving the equilibrium of simple structures (trusses, frames, and machines) and analyzing internal forces in beams, when they are acted on by external loads.