Introduction to Engineering Mechanics

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Course Date: 08 September 2014 to 13 October 2014 (5 weeks)

Price: free

Course Summary

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Estimated Workload: 5-7 hours/week

Course Instructors

Wayne Whiteman

Wayne Whiteman is the director of the Office of Student Services and a senior academic professional in the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, he teaches in the areas of engineering mechanics, dynamics and vibration, and engineering design. He also conducts the Woodruff School Teaching Fellows Program, which provides workshops for faculty colleagues to improve teaching skills and enhance learning environments. Dr. Whiteman is involved in scholarship and research in the areas of engineering education and teaching and learning initiatives.

Prior to arriving at Georgia Tech in 2003, Whiteman served as a professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point. During that time, he was the director of the mechanical engineering undergraduate program, which included twenty-five faculty members who taught in the fields of mechanical systems, thermal sciences, aeronautical systems, and engineering design. He also directed and served as a senior mentor at annual workshops to improve teaching skills and enhance learning environments.

Additionally, Whiteman served for 24 years in the United States Army, retiring as an officer in the Corps of Engineers at the rank of Colonel. His military field assignments culminated in his command of the 577th Engineering Battalion at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

Course Description

Learn more about earning CEU Credits for this course.

This course is an introduction to learning and applying the principles required to solve engineering mechanics problems.

Concepts will be applied in this course from previous courses you have taken in basic math and physics.  The course addresses the modeling and analysis of static equilibrium problems with an emphasis on real world engineering applications and problem solving.


FAQ

Will I get a certificate after completing this course?
Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructor. 

What resource do I need for this course?

While no specific textbook is required, the course is designed to be compatible with any basic engineering statics textbook.  You will find it useful in learning the material to acquire a basic engineering mechanics (statics) textbook to use as a reference and for completing additional practice problems. 


Syllabus

  • Week 1
    • Modules 1-6: What is a Force? 2-D and 3-D Vector Force Representation; Particle Equilibrium; Systems of Particles/Multi-body problems.
  • Week 2
    • Modules 7-12: Moment of a Force about a Point; Moment of a Force about a Line/Axis; Moment due to a couple.
  • Week 3
    • Modules 13-18: Equilibrium Equations; Equivalent Systems; Resultants; Centroids.
  • Week 4
    • Modules 19-24: Distributed Forces; Method of Composite Parts; Free Body Diagram.
  • Week 5
    • Modules 25-30: 2-D and 3-D Equilibrium Problems.

Format

There will be 6 modules per week (approximately 10 minutes each) for a period of 5 weeks for a total of 30 modules in the course.  There will be a graded homework assignment each week.

  • Week One - What is a Force?  2-D and 3-D Vector Force Representation; Particle Equilibrium; Systems of Particles/Multi-body problems
  • Week Two – Moment of a Force about a Point; Moment of a Force about a Line/Axis; Moment due to a couple
  • Week Three –Equilibrium Equations; Equivalent Systems; Resultants; Centroids
  • Week Four – Distributed Forces; Method of Composite Parts; Free Body Diagram
  • Week Five – 2-D and 3-D Equilibrium Problems

Suggested Reading

None

Course Workload

5-7 hours/week

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