Static Systems in Mechanical Engineering

Static Systems in Mechanical Engineering
Analysis and design of static systems; real world problem solving; forces, moments, and vectors, equilibrium; external and internal forces; centroids and inertia; mechanical engineering fundamentals.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesPHSCS 121 & MATH 112
 TaughtFall, Winter, Spring
 ProgramsContaining ME EN 101
Course Outcomes

Forces and Moments

1. An understanding of forces and moments and an ability to perform mathematical manipulation of them using vector analysis.

Free Body Diagrams

2. An ability to construct free-body diagrams and to calculate the reactions necessary to ensure static equilibrium for particles and rigid bodies.

Systems of Forces and Moments

3. An understanding of the analysis of systems of forces and moments and distributed loads and an ability to determine internal forces and moments in members.


4. An ability to apply basic computing techniques to explore solutions of elementary static systems by changing variables and to produce publication quality figures.

Calculating Centroids and Moments of Inertia

5. An ability to calculate centroids and moments of inertia of 2-D and 3-D objects.


6. An understanding of friction and how to model it in static systems.

Design Process

7. An understanding of the basic design process and an ability to apply it to design, build, and test a static structure to meet competing constraints.

Real World Applications

8. An ability to describe the ME EN Real-world Problem Solving Process and to transform real world scenarios (using the 5 P's) into analyzable statics problems.

Communicating Analysis Results

9. An ability to use a structured problem solving approach (SAFER) that effectively communicates the steps, results, and objectives of an engineering analysis to others.

Mechancial Engineering Career Development

10. An understanding of Mechanical Engineering as a discipline and how statics principles relate to core ME EN topics and to becoming an influential engineer.