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AEM 2011: Statics

Catalog Description



AEM 2011


3 Credits


Catalog Description:


Force and moment vectors, resultants. Principles of statics and free-body diagrams. Applications to simple trusses, frames, and machines. Distributed loads. Internal forces in beams.  Properties of areas, second moments. Laws of friction.


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Prerequisites by Topic:


  1. Multivariable Calculus (Math 2374, concurrent)
  2. Particle Mechanics (Physics 1301)




Beer and Johnston, Vector Mechanics for Engineers, Statics, 8th ed., McGraw-Hill, 2007


Format of Course:


3 hours of lectures per week, 1 hour of recitation per week


Computer Usage:




Course Objectives:


Develop an understanding of the principles of statics and the ability to construct free body diagrams. Understand how to solve equilibrium problems involving trusses frames and machines. Be able to analyze distributed loads. Understand the concept of internal forces in members, and be able to draw shear and bending-moment diagrams for beams. Obtain knowledge of the laws of dry friction. Understand properties of areas and be able to calculate centroids and moments of inertia for areas.


Course Outcomes:


Students who successfully complete the course will demonstrate the following outcomes by tests and homework:


  1. An ability to construct free-body diagrams and to calculate the reactions necessary to ensure static equilibrium.
  2. An understanding of the analysis of distributed loads.
  3. A knowledge of internal forces and moments in members.
  4. An ability to calculate centroids and moments of inertia.
  5. An ability to solve static equilibrium problems involving friction.


Relationship of course to program objectives:


This course develops the fundamentals of engineering mechanics and problem solving skills essential for aerospace engineering.


Relationship of course to program outcomes:


This course provides the following outcomes:


  1. Apply mathematics
  2. Identify engineering problems


Course Outline:


(Hrs, approx.)



Statics of Particles


Equivalent Systems of Forces


Equilibrium of Rigid Bodies


Centroids and Centers of Gravity


Analysis of Structures


Forces in Beams




Moments of Inertia for Areas


Outcome Measurement:


The outcomes of this course are measured through homework, exam and a final exam.


Student Survey Questions:


In this course, I gained:


1.      An ability to apply knowledge of math, science, and engineering.

2.      An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.


Please answer the following questions:


3.      The textbook was clearly written and appropriate for the course.

4.      The homework helped me to understand the concepts presented in the course.

5.      The tests were appropriate in length and content.

6.      The level of work required in this course was appropriate for the credit given.


In this course I acquired the following:


7.      A knowledge of the principles of statics.

8.      An ability to construct free-body diagrams.

9.      An understanding of the statical analysis of trusses, frames and machines.

10.  An understanding of the analysis of distributed loads.

11.  A knowledge of internal forces in members.

12.  An ability to calculate centroids and moments of inertia.

13.  A knowledge of the laws of friction.


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