C&ENVENG 1010 - Engineering Mechanics - Statics

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014

This course familiarises students with the principles of static equilibrium by applying Newton's laws of motion to solve engineering problems. Emphasis is placed on drawing free body diagrams and self checking strategies. Topics include introduction to forces; 2D and 3D equilibrium of particles and rigid bodies; centre of gravity and centroids; distributed loading and hydrostatics; friction; analysis of structures including trusses, frames and machines; and shear force and bending moment diagrams. The course concludes with an introduction to approximate analysis techniques for statically indeterminate structures.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code C&ENVENG 1010
    Course Engineering Mechanics - Statics
    Coordinating Unit School of Civil, Environmental & Mining Eng
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Assumed Knowledge High school Physics & Maths (basic algebra, geometry, calculus)
    Assessment exam, in-class tests
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Terry Bennett

    Dr Andrew MacKinnon
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Define Newton's laws of motion.
    2. Recall trigonometric laws and apply to the addition and decomposition of vectors quantities.
    3. Identify the moment of a force and calculate its value about a specified axis. Define the moment of a couple.
    4. Describe the concept of dry friction and analyse the equilibrium of rigid bodies subjected to this force.
    5. Construct "Free Body Diagrams" of real world problems and apply Newton's Laws of motion and vector operations to evaluate equilibrium of particles and bodies.
    6. Apply the principles of equilibrium of particles and bodies to analyse the forces in planar truss members.
    7. Discuss the concepts of "centre of gravity" and "centroids" and compute their location for bodies of arbitrary shape.
    8. Apply the concepts used for determining centre of gravity and centroids to find the resultant of a generally distributed loading.
    9. Implement methods learnt for equilibrium of bodies and the resultant of a generally distributed loading to compute the internal forces in beams. Generalise the procedure to construct bending moments and shear force diagrams (internal forces).
    10. Using engineering assumptions, apply methods of statics to the approximate analysis of statically indeterminate structures.
    University Graduate Attributes

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  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Course materials such as lecture notes (i.e. PowerPoint slides) and past examination papers will be available via MyUni.
    Recommended Resources
    The Textbook details are:
    Engineering Mechanics: Statics by R.C. Hibbeler, Thirteenth Edition in SI Units, Pearson
    Online Learning
    Where necessary, outside of formal contact times, communication and distribution of materials will be via e-mail and/or MyUni.  It is student responsibility to check these regularly.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The formal learning activities are a combination of lecture and tutorial style formats.  For example, new material will be presented and supported by problem solving exercises (formative assessment) to be
    completed by students.  Students are encouraged to participate in an interactive environment, and seek clarification of theory presented where necessary.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    This information is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.  In addition to the formal learning activities, it is expected that students will complete the recommended homework exercises (as a minimum) as discussed in Section 5.2.
    Learning Activities Summary
    No. Topic Homework Exercises Textbook
    1 Introduction

    2.3, 2.14, 2.31, 2.46
    1.1 – 1.6

    2.1 – 2.4
    2 Equilibrium of a particle (2D / 3D) 3.2, 3.10, 3.26, 3.45, 3.53 3.1 – 3.3, 3.4
    3 Force system resultants 4.13, 4.55, 4.82, 4.111,  4.121 4.1, 4.4 – 4.8
    4 Centre of gravity and Centroids 9.7, 9.57, 9.58 9.1 – 9.2
    5 Dry friction 8.2, 8.6, 8.41 8.1 – 8.2
    6 Equilibrium of a rigid body (2D) 5.2, 5.20, 5.28, 5.49, 5.54 5.1 – 5.4
     7 Equilibrium of a rigid body (3D) 5.65, 5.74, 5.90 5.5 – 5.7
    8 Distributed Loading / Fluid Pressure 4.142, 4.153, 9.108, 9.109, 9.112 4.9, 9.5
    9 Trusses (Method of joints/sections) 6.7, 6.15, 6.19, 6.31, 6.46 6.1 – 6.3, 6.4
    10 Frames and Machines 6.75, 6.78 6.6
    11 Internal forces: beams and frames
    Shear and Bending moment diagrams
    7.53, 7.70, 7.78
    7.2 – 7.3
    12 Approximate analysis of statically indeterminate structures - N/A
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    The timing of each assessment task (all are summative) is to be advised.
    Assessment Tasks Weighting Duration Learning Outcomes
    Online tests 30% 30 min (each) 1 - 10
    Final Examination 70% 3 hr 1 - 10
    Total 100%  
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Both the combined total mark and a minimum mark of 40% in the final examination will be used to assess whether you pass the course.
    Assessment Detail
    There will be up to six (6) online / written tests.  Each test will require approximately 30-minutes to undertake. These assements will be open book and available for the students to complete outside of the formal teaching hours, but within a specified time period upon release.  It will also provide the opportunity for students to receive timely feedback.

    There will be one (1) final written examination undertaken at the end of semester.  The examination will be 3-hours and conducted under closed book conditions. 

    Full worked solutions to past examinations will not be  provided.  Some past exam papers are available in the Barr Smith Library, however the exam  format and syllabus has changed significantly since 2008.
    As indicated in Section 4.1, the format of the formal learning activities are designed to encourage interaction with students and provide the opportunity for problems to be completed in class. This allows immediate formative feedback to be provided on student performance. Students are expected to reflect on their progress.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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