This course provides an introduction to the principles of mechanics, including equilibrium of particles and rigid bodies; distributed forces, centroids and centers of gravity; moments of inertia of areas; analysis of simple structures and machines; and various types of friction.
- Perform vector analysis (addition, and resolution into components) of forces in 2 and 3 dimensions, and find the resultant of forces acting on a particle.
- Understand equilibrium of a particle in 2 and 3 dimensions, and be able to solve for unknown forces.
- Find moments of a force about a point and about a line.
- Draw free body diagrams of particles and rigid bodies, and solve rigid body problems for equilibrium in 2 and 3 dimensions.
- Utilize calculus to determine geometric properties such as centers of gravity, centroids, and moments of inertia of areas.
- Determine reactions and internal forces on members of structures such as trusses, frames or machines.
- Utilize calculus to determine internal forces and moments in beams.
- Apply laws of friction to solve problems involving dry friction, such as sliding blocks and wedges.
Degrees that use this course
Associate of Science (AS)