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Course Date: 08 September 2014 to 13 October 2014 (5 weeks)
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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.
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
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.
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
Modules 1-6: What is a Force? 2-D and 3-D Vector Force Representation; Particle Equilibrium; Systems of Particles/Multi-body problems.
Modules 7-12: Moment of a Force about a Point; Moment of a Force about a Line/Axis; Moment due to a couple.