Aims/Description: The course provides the fundamental concepts and techniques used in Engineering Mechanics. Two-dimensional statics is covered including force and moment systems, free body diagrams, equilibrium, friction, distributed forces in beams and hydrostatics applications, and the application to typical engineering machines. An introduction to the essentials of three-dimensional statics is included. Two-dimensional kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies are covered. An introduction to the use of the Work-Energy and Impulse-Momentum methods in engineering dynamics is given. Where applicable, Vector Algebra is introduced alongside Scalar and Graphical approaches. No prior knowledge of mechanics is assumed; the treatment concentrates on physical understanding and applications in engineering, rather than using advanced mathematical treatments.

Restrictions on availability: Only available to students within the Faculty of Engineering.

Staff Contact: MANSON GRAEME
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Tutorials, Independent Study,
Assessment: Formal Exam, Classroom testing

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