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Syllabus for EGM-211-OL

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Statics is a branch of the science of mechanics that deals with bodies at rest. The course Statics (EGM-211) focuses on the following basic concepts: force and force systems, coplanar force systems, concurrent force systems, spatial force systems, and their combinations. For various force systems, two key issues will be emphasized: the resultant of a force system and the equilibrium of a force system. The concepts of moment of a force and torque will then be discussed. In addition, the concepts of centroids, centers of mass, and moments of inertia will be presented. A special type of force, frictional force, will be discussed. Application examples to engineering and technical areas will be demonstrated.

The course is designed for students who have a working knowledge of algebra, geometry, vector, and trigonometry--this knowledge is essential. Note that a review of necessary mathematics, units, and their conversions is included in the textbook.

For more background information about the science of mechanics and about the basic concepts essential to Statics, please view this PowerPoint presentation: Background and Basic Concepts. Note: After you click the link, choose to open the file rather than saving it. It will open in a new window. You may move to the next slide by clicking the double down arrow at the bottom right of the screen and to the previous slide with the double up arrow. At the end of the slide show (blank screen), exit the window in which the slide show has been playing. If you do not have PowerPoint installed in your computer, you can download a free PowerPoint viewer from Microsoft. Go to Microsoft Power Point Viewer and click "Download." Once you have downloaded the file, install the program on your computer.

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COURSE OBJECTIVES

By successfully completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. Identify forces and moments acting on an object or a structure.

  2. Find the forces and moments acting on individual structural components by using the “free-body diagram” technique.

  3. Analyze the equilibrium status of an object or a structure and its components.

  4. Establish and solve equilibrium equations involving forces, moments, and torques.

  5. Apply the principles of Statics to solve real-world engineering and technical problems.

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COURSE MATERIALS

You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The textbook is available from the College's textbook supplier, MBS Direct.


Required Textbook

Engineering Mechanics: Statics, 5th ed., by Anthony Bedford and Wallace Fowler (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2008).

To see a brief breakdown of the concepts covered in each textbook chapter assigned in this course, you may view the following PowerPoint presentation: Chapter Highlights.


Software

Students need to plot free-body diagrams of objects, structural components, or structures. Students may choose any available software to plot the required diagrams, or they can use hand-drawing, which they can scan and submit through Blackboard. Free software may be available. Consider, for example,

It is your responsibility to download the software you prefer, and to learn how to use the software.

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COURSE STRUCTURE

Statics is a three-credit, online course, consisting of six (6) assignment modules. You are required to complete eight (8) written assignments, take two review quizzes, and take a midterm examination and a final examination.

Assignment modules include learning objectives, study assignments, an "Introductions" online discussion, and your written assignments.

For the course's assignment modules, go to the Assignment Modules area of the course Web site. See also the course Calendar.

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ONLINE PARTICIPATION

You are required to participate in an ungraded "Introductions" discussion with the class during the first week of the semester. This is done to help you and your mentor get to know your classmates. You may discuss any of the topics listed in the discussion or anything about yourself that you would like to share with the class.

Participation in this asynchronous online discussion involves two distinct activities: an initial response to a topic and at least two subsequent comments on classmates' responses. Meaningful participation is relevant to the content, adds value, and advances the discussion. Comments such as "I agree" and "ditto" are not considered value-adding participation. Responses and comments should be properly proofread and edited, professional, and respectful.

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WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS

You are required to submit eight (8) written assignments to your mentor for grading. They are problems that appear in your textbook. As you do your reading in preparation for each written assignment, preview the assignment questions so that you know what to expect.

Most of the written assignments involve mathematical calculations; all necessary steps must be included in your solution sheets. Click Solution Sample to view the steps and a sample solution sheet.

Unreadable, sloppy papers will not be graded and will cause you to receive a zero for the assignment. In addition, if you provide only answers, your assignment will not be graded and you will receive a zero for that assignment. However, bonus points will be awarded for completed assignments of high quality, including correct solution steps and answers and neat appearance.

You may discuss written assignment problems with your classmates; however, you must submit your own solutions after such discussions. Duplicated work will result in zeros for both parties, no matter who is the original and who is the duplicator.

Include your name at the top of each page, as well as the course name and code and the semester and year in which you are enrolled. Be sure to number the pages of your assignment and clearly identify the number of each problem. Be sure that you submit your assignments on or before the due date. Delayed work will not be accepted.

Assignments must be prepared electronically with a word processor, preferably using whatever equation editor comes with your word processing software. However, if your word processor is not compatible with your mentor's word processor, you will need to save your document as a rich-text file (.rtf), using the Save As command of your software program. Rich text retains basic formatting and can be read by any other word processing program. Check with your mentor first to determine file compatibility. (Important: Use the equation editor to insert equations into your word-processed document, not to create the document itself.)

Windows users are encouraged to upgrade their word processor's equation editor to the latest Windows version of MathType. Click this link to learn how to get this upgrade: MathType Upgrade.

Once you have installed MathType, please click this link to find instructions about how to use MathType to prepare formulas on your word processor: Formula Preparation Steps.

When satisfied that your assignment represents your best work, submit it to your mentor by means of the

>>View/Complete Assignment

link provided at the bottom of the respective assignment page. Use the Browse button within this link to locate and attach your assignment file. Click to turn in the assignment.

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QUIZZES

Statics requires you to take two quizzes: a midterm review quiz and a final review quiz. Consult the course Calendar for the scheduling of these quizzes.

The midterm review quiz covers the material assigned in Module 1 through Module 4.1 (Chapters 1-5). The final review quiz is cumulative and covers all material in the course (Chapters 1-9). The midterm review quiz consists of two (2) problems and the final review quiz has one (1) problem. They will focus on the major objectives of the modules.

The quizzes are open-book. You are also allowed to use any calculators and to refer to study notes and completed written assignments.

Both of the quizzes are taken in two stages. A link for each stage will be activated and made available to you in the Tests & Quizzes area of the course Web site. See Tests & Quizzes > Midterm Review Quiz Stage I and Tests & Quizzes > Midterm Review Quiz Stage II at the start of midterm exam preparation week. See Tests & Quizzes > Final Review Quiz Stage I and Tests & Quizzes > Final Review Quiz Stage II at the start of final exam preparation week. You may take the quiz at any time during that week, but no later than midnight Saturday (eastern time). Remember to pace yourself; take the Stage I part of the quiz early enough in the week to allow yourself enough time to complete Stage II of the quiz by the deadline.

If you are on a course extension and have not yet taken either quiz, you will need to arrange with your mentor a time to reschedule the quizzes.

  • Stage I is taken online in Blackboard. This part is timed; you have two (2) hours to complete it. You can enter and take this part of the quiz only once, so do not exit until you have completed it.

    Please Note: It is important that you remember to copy or print each question and answer as you are taking the timed portion of the quiz, as you will use this as reference when you are completing Stage II.

    During Stage I, you are required to work out a detailed outline of solution principles, theory, strategy, and procedures, etc., for each question, excluding figures and formulas. This detailed solution outline represents 40 percent of the total grade points for the quiz and will be used as the foundation for grading your Stage II submission.


  • Stage II of the quiz must be prepared electronically with a word processor. This stage is not timed, but you must complete it and submit it by Saturday of exam preparation week.

    In this part, you will take the detailed outline that you submitted during Stage I, and complete the full solution. You must follow the solution steps. Click Solution Sample to view the steps and a sample solution sheet. If needed, review the information on preparing formulas and diagrams stated earlier in this Syllabus area of the course.

    Your Stage II solution must be consistent with the Stage I statements submitted during the online, timed test; in other words, you are not allowed to change the solution principles, theory, strategy, and procedures, etc., that you presented in Stage I. The only items that you need to add are the equations and drawings.

    The work you do in Stage II represents 60 percent of the total grade points for the quiz. The grade you receive will be the summation of the grades earned in the two stages.

    Important reminder: If your Stage II solution is not consistent with the Stage I presentation, no grade will be given to the Stage II work.

Statement about Cheating
The quizzes in this course are unproctored. That means you will not be supervised while taking the test. You are on your honor not to cheat during the exam. Cheating means:

  • Looking up any answer or part of an answer in an unauthorized textbook or in any other disallowed sources or using the Internet to find the answer.
  • Copying and pasting or in any way copying responses or parts of responses from any other source into your online test. This includes but is not limited to copying and pasting from other documents or spreadsheets, whether written by yourself or anyone else.
  • Plagiarizing answers.
  • Asking anyone else to assist you by whatever means available while you take the exam.
  • Copying any part of the exam to share with other students.
  • Telling your mentor that you need another attempt at the exam because your connection to the Internet was interrupted when that is not true.

If there is evidence that you have cheated or plagiarized in your quiz, the quiz will be declared invalid, and you run the risk of being given a failing grade in this course.

Please also note that Stage I of the quiz is time-limited. That means you only have the allotted time in which to complete it. If you exceed the time limit on the exam, you will be penalized by having two points deducted for every minute that you exceed the time limit.

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EXAMINATIONS

Statics requires you to take two examinations: a midterm and a final. Consult the course Calendar for the scheduling of these exams.

The midterm exam covers the material assigned in Module 1 through Module 4.1 (Chapters 1-5). The final exam is cumulative and covers all material in the course (Chapters 1-9). Each exam consists of four (4) problem that will focus on the major objectives of the modules.

The exams are open-book. You are also allowed to bring any calculators, study notes, and completed written assignments with you to the exams.

Both the midterm exam and the final exam are taken in two stages. A link for each stage will be activated and made available to you in the Tests & Quizzes area of the course Web site. See Tests & Quizzes > Midterm Examination Stage I and Tests & Quizzes > Midterm Examination Stage II) at the start of midterm exam week. See Tests & Quizzes > Final Examination Stage I and Tests & Quizzes > Final Examination Stage II) at the start of final exam week. You may take the exam at any time during that week, but no later than midnight Saturday (eastern time). Remember to pace yourself; take the Stage I part of the exam early enough in the week to allow yourself enough time to complete Stage II of the exam by the deadline.

If you are on a course extension and have not yet taken either the midterm or the final exam, you will need to arrange with your mentor a time to reschedule the exams, so that they may be made available to you.

  • Stage I is taken online in Blackboard. This part is timed; you have three (3) hours to complete it. You can enter and take this part of the exam only once, so do not exit until you have completed it.

    Please Note: It is important that you remember to copy or print each question and answer as you are taking the timed portion of the exam, as you will use this as reference when you are completing Stage II.

    During Stage I, you are required to work out a detailed outline of solution principles, theory, strategy, and procedures, etc., for each question, excluding figures and formulas. This detailed solution outline represents 40 percent of the total grade points for the exam and will be used as the foundation for grading your Stage II submission.


  • Stage II of the exam must be prepared electronically with a word processor. This stage is not timed, but you must complete it and submit it by Saturday of exam week.

    In this part, you will take the detailed outline that you submitted during Stage I, and complete the full solution. You must follow the solution steps. Click Solution Sample to view the steps and a sample solution sheet. If needed, review the information on preparing formulas and diagrams stated earlier in this Syllabus area of the course.

    Your Stage II solution must be consistent with the Stage I statements submitted during the online, timed test; in other words, you are not allowed to change the solution principles, theory, strategy, and procedures, etc., that you presented in Stage I. The only items that you need to add are the equations and drawings.

    The work you do in Stage II represents 60 percent of the total grade points for the exam. The grade you receive will be the summation of the grades earned in the two stages.

    Important reminder: If your Stage II solution is not consistent with the Stage I presentation, no grade will be given to the Stage II work.

Statement about Cheating
The midterm and the final examinations in this course are unproctored. That means you will not be supervised while taking the test. You are on your honor not to cheat during the exam. Cheating means:

  • Looking up any answer or part of an answer in an unauthorized textbook or in any other disallowed sources or using the Internet to find the answer.
  • Copying and pasting or in any way copying responses or parts of responses from any other source into your online test. This includes but is not limited to copying and pasting from other documents or spreadsheets, whether written by yourself or anyone else.
  • Plagiarizing answers.
  • Asking anyone else to assist you by whatever means available while you take the exam.
  • Copying any part of the exam to share with other students.
  • Telling your mentor that you need another attempt at the exam because your connection to the Internet was interrupted when that is not true.

If there is evidence that you have cheated or plagiarized in your exam, the exam will be declared invalid, and you will fail the course.

Please also note that Stage I of the exam is time-limited. That means you only have the allotted time in which to complete it. If you exceed the time limit on the exam, you will be penalized by having two points deducted for every minute that you exceed the time limit. This may also result in your failing the course.


Sample Examination
You will find a sample online examination in the Tests & Quizzes area of this course site. Use this sample exam to familiarize yourself with the online testing setting and format before you take your online exam. Keep in mind the following potential differences between the sample exam and your online exam:
  • The content of your exam will match the content of your course; the sample exam has some generic questions on art history, world history, and environmental science.
  • Your exam is likely to include only one type or at most several types of questions (such as multiple choice or essays). The sample exam includes all the types that you might encounter in an online assessment at Thomas Edison State College.
  • You will be able to enter and take your final exam just once—once you have entered the exam you must complete it. The sample exam may be taken as often as you like.
  • There will be a penalty for exceeding the time limit in your actual exams (see the "Statement about Cheating" below), whereas there is no corresponding penalty with this sample exam.

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GRADING AND EVALUATION

Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

Written Assignments 40 percent
Quizzes 10 percent
Midterm Examination 30 percent
Final Examination 20 percent

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or better (for an area of study course) or D or better (for a nonarea of study course), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings, etc.). You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted.

Letter grades for online participation, written assignments, and examinations are based on the following numerical grades:

A = 93–100 C+ = 78–79
A– = 90–92 C = 73–77
B+ = 88–89 C– = 70–72
B = 83–87 D = 60–69
B– = 80–82 F = Below 60

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STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS

First Steps to Success
To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

  1. Read carefully the entire Syllabus, making sure that all aspects of the course are clear to you and that you have all the materials required for the course.


  2. Take the time to read the entire Online Student Handbook. The Handbook answers many questions about how to proceed through the course, how to schedule exams, and how to get the most from your educational experience at Thomas Edison State College.


  3. Familiarize yourself with the Blackboard environment—how to navigate it and what the various course areas contain. If you know what to expect as you navigate the course, you can better pace yourself and complete the work on time.


  4. If you are not familiar with Web-based learning, or specifically with the Blackboard platform, be sure to review the processes for posting responses online and submitting assignments and exams before class begins.

Study Tips
Consider the following study tips for success:

  1. To stay on track throughout the course, begin each week by consulting the course Calendar. The calendar provides an overview of the course and indicates due dates for submitting assignments, posting discussions, and scheduling and taking quizzes and examinations. For details on each assignment module and a complete listing of learning activities, go to the Assignment Modules area of the course Web site.


  2. Check the Announcements page and class Discussion Board regularly for new course information.

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Syllabus Index

This document contains the following main sections:

Course Description

Course Objectives

Course Materials

Course Structure

Online Participation

Written Assignments

Quizzes

Examinations

Grading and Evaluation

Strategies for Success


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