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ENGR 2605

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Credit Hours   3   
Course Title   Statics   
Prerequisite(s)   PHYS 2211 and PHYS 221L    
Corequisite(s)   MATH 2432 (may also be taken as prerequisite)   
Catalog Description   
The principles of statics in two and three dimensions are covered. Other topics are
internal forces in trusses, frames, machines, and continuous beams, dry friction, and
centroids or centers of mass of curves, areas and volumes.

Expected Educational Results   
As a result of completing this course, the student will be able to do the following:
1. Apply sound analytical techniques and logical procedures in problem solving;
2. Correctly apply force, moment, couple, and resultant force or
force-and-couple of a system of forces;
3. Apply vector methods to the solution of problems involving bodies in equilibrium;
4. Develop and apply solution techniques for the reactions between the members
that make up trusses, frames and machines;
5. Solve introductory problems involving shear and bending-moment in beams;
6. Use the principles and solve problems involving dry friction;
7. Locate centroids and centers of mass of curves, areas and volumes by
integration and the method of composite bodies.

General Education Outcomes   
I. This course addresses the general education outcome relating to communications as
A. Students enhance reading skills by reading topics to develop working
knowledge of fundamental principles and laws from the prescribed textbook.
They are also assigned other reading material that includes handouts and notes.
B. Students develop writing skills by finding solutions to realistic examples
and problems in a systematic way with careful evaluation of answer(s) for
acceptability. They also learn to express in their own words when and why one
approach to apply a law or principle would produce reasonable results and the
other may not. Many problems require graphing or sketching diagrams as the first
step which is a useful skill to not only provoke thinking about possible
methods of solution but also an important tool as engineers who often are
required to communicate effectively in work environment.
C. Students improve their listening skills by actively participating in class
discussion/lecture or demonstration the focus of which is to emphasize the
importance of concepts and methods of statics and dynamics in subsequent
courses in engineering curricula.  

II. This course addresses the general education outcome relating to problem-solving and
critical thinking skills in the following manner. Students
A. Learn how and when to make assumptions as they develop a strategy to solve
problems of various degree of difficulty which are a major part of their
course work.
B. Evaluate, judge and state if the answers are acceptable or not.

III. This course addresses the general education outcome relating to mathematical concepts
and scientific inquiry as follows:
A. Use units appropriately (problems use both SI and US customary units) to
manipulate equations and mathematical expressions that involve physical
B. Use elementary differential and integral calculus, basic vector algebra to
apply laws and principles in the form of equations to arrive at a solution.

Course Content   
1. Introduction to Engineering Mechanics, basic laws, use of units and
dimensions, developing Problem Solving Skills (20%)
2. Forces, Moments, and Resultants (20%)
3. Analysis of equilibrium of Bodies (20%)
4. Trusses, Frames, and Machines (15%)
5. Shear and Bending Moment (7%)
6. Dry Friction (10%)
7. Centroids and Centers of Mass (8%)

Upon entering this course the student should be able to do the following:
1. Must have achieved the expected educational results of both PHYS 2211(207)
and PHYS 2211L (207L)
2. Expected to have either registered for MATH 2432 (204) or passed with
a "C" or better.  
3. Working knowledge in using and applying derivatives, anti-derivatives,
definite integrals of exponential and trigonometric functions.

Assessment of Outcome Objectives   
The course grade is to be determined by the individual instructor by variety of
evaluation techniques consistent with the overall college policy including the class
attendance. The procedure should include at least three one-hour tests (40% to 50%)
and a comprehensive final examination (35% to 40%) and class/home work (10% to 25%).

Assessment of the expected educational results of this course must be conducted
every five years. The assessment instrument will be a set of selected questions that
cover majority of the topics in the course content section from the final examination.

The Engineering committee will evaluate the findings and determine the level of
success in expected educational results and consider recommending to the Discipline
Academic Group executive committee, any changes in the curriculum after careful review
of curricula of transfer institutions.


Last Revised: Aug. 08, 2011
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