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.
By successfully completing this course, you should be able to:
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Statement about Cheating
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.
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.
Statement about Cheating
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.
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:
Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:
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:
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