ME 205 Statics
COURSE OBJECTIVES and LEARNING OUTCOMES
Course Objective 1: At the end of this course, the students will be able calculate the moment of a force and couple vector in 3D-space using vector algebra.
1. An understanding of how to represent force, moment of a force and couple as vectors.
2. Ability to use vector algebra in the analysis of forces, moments and couples.
Course Objective 2: At the end of this course, the students will be able to determine the resultants of force systems acting on rigid bodies.
\B7 Ability to move a force acting on a rigid body to a parallel position in space.
\B7 Ability to identify the type of a special force system (e.g. coplanar, distributed, parallel, general 3D).
\B7 Ability to calculate the simplest resultant of a general force system.
Course Objective 3: At the end of this course, the students will be able to identify the types of contact between rigid bodies and will be able to draw the free body diagrams for a rigid body or for a group of rigid bodies.
\B7 Ability to adequately represent the effect of a contact on a rigid body.
\B7 Ability to isolate a rigid body from all of its contacts and draw the free body diagram.
\B7 Ability to handle group of rigid bodies by using Newton\92s third law.
Course Objective 4: At the end of this course, the students will be able to establish the equations of equilibrium for a rigid body or a group of rigid bodies.
1. Ability to calculate unknown forces or other related unknowns through the use of equilibrium equations for a rigid body.
2. Ability to identify special equilibrium situations (two-force and three-force members).
3. An understanding of the static indeterminacy.
Course Objective 5: At the end of this course, the students will be able calculate the internal forces in engineering structures composed of simple trusses or beams.
1. Ability to calculate the internal forces for simple 2D or 3D trusses using the method of joints or method of sections.
2. Ability to plot the shear force, bending moment and axial force distribution in beams using the method of sections.
3. Ability to plot the shear force, bending moment and axial force distribution in beams using the differential equations of equilibrium.
Course Objective 6: The students will be able analyze the static problems involving Coulomb friction, complex surface contact friction and belt friction.
1. Ability to carry out static force analysis of rigid bodies and simple machines like wedges in dry frictional contact.
2. Ability to perform force analysis for disk friction problems.
3. Ability to perform force analysis for flexible belts and simple machines like conveyors, hand-belts and simple motor-pulley systems used in power transmission.
Course Objective 7: The students will be able determine the geometric properties of surfaces and volumes.
1. Ability to locate the centroid, center of mass and center of gravity of a rigid body.
2. Ability to calculate second moments and products of area for various beam cross sections or any other generic shape.
3. Ability to handle composite volumes and surfaces.