C&ENVENG 1010 - Engineering Mechanics - Statics

North Terrace Campus - Summer - 2016

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 equilibrium of particles and rigid bodies; centre of gravity and centroids; distributed loading and hydrostatics; friction; analysis of truss structures; and shear force and bending moment diagrams.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code C&ENVENG 1010
    Course Engineering Mechanics - Statics
    Coordinating Unit School of Civil, Environmental & Mining Eng
    Term Summer
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week (Sem 1) per week; Up to 8 hours (Summer School) per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assumed Knowledge High school Physics & Maths (basic algebra, geometry, calculus)
    Assessment exam, online assessments
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Martin Lambert

    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)
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1 - 9
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1 - 9
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    A full set of lecture notes will be available via MyUni or for purchase from the print centre.

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    Recommended Resources
    There are lots of text books available that cover the subject of Statics, the following few are recommended as supplementary resources to the course content in MyUni. Many worked examples and tutorial questions are available to use as additional practice exercises.

    Engineering Mechanics - Statics (12th Edition in SI units), R.C. Hibbeler

    Mechanics for Engineers - Statics (13th edition), R.C. Hibbeler and K.B. Yap

    Engineering Mechanics: Statics, J.L. Meriam and L.G. Kraige

    Engineering Mechanics volume 1: Equilibrium, C. Hartsuijker and J.W. Welleman

    In addition to textbooks, there is a substantial volume of resources available on the internet that students can tap into.

    Online Learning

    Formative (practice questions) and summative (marked) assessments will be delivered in MyUni.

    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, tutorial and workshop 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.

    In addition to the formal learning activities, it is expected that students will complete the recommended homework exercises (as a minimum) as outlined in the Learning Activities Summary below.
    Learning Activities Summary
    No. Topic Page Number in
    Course Reader
    1 Introduction to Mechanics 6-7
    2 Force Vectors 8
    3 Particle Equilibrium 14
    4 Free Body Diagram 18
    5 Moments 21
    6 Couples 26
     7 Rigid Body Equilibrium 28
    8 Friction 37
    9 Trusses (Method of joints/sections) 52
    10 Centroids and Centre of Gravity 74
    11 Distributed Loading and Fluid Pressure 86
    12 Internal Forces 103
  • 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
    Topic assignments 10% 2 hours per week 1 - 10
    Design 15% 8 hours 5 - 9
    Online tests 25% 60 min (each) 1 - 10
    Final Examination 50% 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 assessments 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 the Learning and Teaching Modes Section of this outline, 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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