Statics is the study of methods for quantifying the forces between bodies. This unit provides the basis for calculating forces in structures and mechanisms. It focusses on solving forces acting on two dimensional problems of rigid bodies and frames. Specific topics covered include force vectors, equilibrium of a particle, force system resultants, equilibrium of a rigid body, basic structural analysis, internal forces, friction, screw threads, centre of gravity and centroid, and moments of inertia. The unit also introduces basic sketching and drawing skills necessary to define engineering problems.
This unit is reliant on on-line materials including electronic submission of assessment items. Students must have access to a reliable high-speed broadband connection and a scanner.
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