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Civil & Environmental Engr: Statics

CE 001 OL1 (CRN: 61540)

3 Credit Hours

About CE 001 OL1

Fundamentals of statics; composition and resolution of forces; the analysis of force systems in two and three dimensions; and centroids and moments of inertia. Prerequisites: MATH 022 or MATH 023; PHYS 031.


Dates: May 20 - July 12, 2019

Section Description

The basic principles and application of rigid-body mechanics to the statics of particles are studied in this course. Two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) forces acting on rigid bodies, moments, vector operations, equilibrium of a particle and equilibrium of a rigid body in 2D and 3D and free body diagrams are studied. Structural analysis including simple trusses, frames, cables and introduction to shear and bending-moment diagrams are included. Frictional forces, wedges, screws, and the concept of center of gravity and centroid, moment of inertia and radius of gyration are also studied. It is expected that the students will develop critical thinking skills to successfully formulate solutions for the statics problems. Note: This course requires remote proctored exams through Proctor U. COURSE OUTLINE 1. Introduction 2. Vectors: Force Vectors and Position Vectors 3. Equilibrium of Particles 4. Moment of a Force and Equivalent Force Systems 5. Equilibrium of Bodies 6. Structural Analysis and Machines 7. Centroid and Distributed Force Systems 8. Internal Forces 9. Friction 10. Moment of Inertia TEXTBOOK: • Engineering Mechanics: Statics with Connect by Michael E. Plesha, Gary L. Gray and Francesco Costanzo, 2nd Edition, McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., 2012. REQUIRED SOFTWARE: Make sure you are using a supported browser to access Blackboard (Bb). To check your browser and for more help on using Bb, please follow this link. This course uses resources in different formats. Please make sure that you can open a PDF document and watch a YouTube video. Adobe Acrobat Reader is needed to view PDF documents. If you do not have adobe reader on your computer you can download it for free from the Adobe website at Additionally, you will use Mc-Graw-Hill Connect to complete and submit the homework assignments and the quizzes for this course. Connect is an online assessment tool from Mc-Graw-Hill to accompany Plesha’s Engineering Mechanics: Statics. You will need the access code, which is shrink-wrapped with the book (if you chose to purchase a hard copy of the textbook). Please make sure you purchase Connect as this will be a required and graded component of the course. More details of Connect and purchasing options are posted on Bb under “Syllabus” tab.


GRADING: Participation and Attendance 10% (online discussion forums and blogs via Bb) Quizzes 10% (two quizzes will be assigned each week via Connect) Homework 15% (one HW will be assigned each week via Connect) Midterm Exams 40% (two exams, each counts 20%, proctored through ProctorU) Final Exam 25% (proctored through ProctorU) ----------------------------- Total 100% The minimum passing grade is 62%. Other grades will be assigned as shown below. Letter Grade Numerical Grade A+ >95 A 92-95 A- 89-92 B+ 83-86 B- 80-83 C+ 77-80 C 74-77 C- 71-74 D+ 68-71 D 65-68 D- 62-65 F <62 A statistical scale may be used at the instructor’s judgment in addition to the above scale. ONLINE LEARNING AND COMMUNICATION: Unlike face-to-face teaching in a classroom, you will not have the opportunity to raise your hand and ask questions about the lecture. Therefore, I highly recommend taking notes, while watching the lectures. The pdfs of the lecture notes are provided to you and please print them before watching the lectures. If you have any questions, you can (I) ask in the discussion forum, (II) e-mail me, or (III) discuss during office hours via skype. Discussion Forum: We will use the Discussion Board frequently in this course. The discussion Forum is an effective resource for dialogue. By posting materials and questions to the discussion Forum, the entire class can benefit by the information being exchanged. If one person asks a question, most likely others will have the same question. To really get the full experience of how powerful the discussion forums can be, after (or before) posting your initial comments for the module, it is expected that you respond to two of your classmates discussion posts. When replying, choose a post from a classmate that offers a different interpretation or viewpoint than yours. In responding to others, I encourage you to ask a question, build on their observation, or extend an idea. You are encouraged to attach any images, i.e. Free Body Diagrams (FBDs) or the sketches of the problems you work on. Discussion will take place on weekly basis throughout each module. By Thursday of the week, you should have participated in the discussion forum. So that by the time you complete your homework assignment, hopefully, all questions will have answered. If the Discussion Forums are new to you, please follow this link to learn more. EXAM AND HOMEWORK POLICIES: Note: This course requires remote proctored exams through Proctor U. Exams are scheduled as follows: Midterm Exam 1: Week 4 (June 10th – 16th) Midterm Exam 2: Week 6 (June 24th – July 30th) Final Exam: Week 8 (July 8th – 12th)




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