This course applies principles learned in my course “Introduction to Engineering Mechanics” to analyze real world engineering structures. You will need to have mastered the engineering fundamentals from that class in order to be successful in this course offering. This course addresses the modeling and analysis of static equilibrium problems with an emphasis on real world engineering systems and problem solving.
You will need to have successfully completed my earlier course “Introduction to Engineering Mechanics” in order to be successful in this course.
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Applications of the Equations of Static Equilibrium to Interacting Bodies or Parts of a Structure; Systems Containing Multi-force Members; Frames and Machines In this section, students will learn the applications of the equations of static equilibrium to interacting bodies or parts of a structure. Students will learn about systems containing multi-force members, frames, and machines.
Plane Trusses In the section students will learn about Truss structures, specifically method of joints, method of sections, and zero force members.
Space Trusses; Shear Force and Bending Moment Diagrams In this section students will learn about space trusses and will be introduced to shear force and bending moment diagrams.
Cable Support Systems In this section, students will learn about cable support systems, specifically concentrated loads and suspension loads.
Coulomb Friction and Belt Friction In this section students will learn about coulomb friction and belt friction.
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Applications in Engineering Mechanics is an excellent course. The approach is clear, systematic, and always well founded on basic principles of mechanics.
To make this course even better, more emphasis on real world applications:
1) Week one: a) Include a brief digression about usual loads on structures and machines; b) A separate section on machines and mechanical advantage. Analyze more systematically simple machines as pulleys and cranes.
2) Week four: Include arch bridges’ mechanics, which makes a nice analog with suspension bridges.
3) Week five: Include more examples of real world application of fiction such as belt transmission and powered capstans.
All of Dr. Whiteman's MOOC courses are well organized, well presented, and valuable both as a refresher to the practicing engineer and to the new student learning the material for the first time. If I could make one suggestion, I found it useful to follow Dr. Whiteman's material with the Beers and Johnson statics textbook instead of the resource recommended with the course. Early versions of the Beers and Johnson text may be purchased at a reasonable price ($20 or less) on Ebay or as used on Amazon.
L'ensemble des MOOC de mécanique de ce professeur qui commence par les bases de statique jusqu'aux aspects de la 3D, en passant par la résistance des matériaux, est remarquable par sa clarté, par sa pédagogie et par sa progressivité. En outre, l'anglais ne pose aucun problème à un étudiant français, car on assiste à un vrai cours où le professeur écrit sur un tableau numérique au fur et à mesure de son discours les équations qu'il démontre, ce qui facilite leur compréhension.
Dr. Whiteman did an impressive job with the class. I enrolled in this class in order to see how I could perform before I enrolled for a credit course. You can usually work on the material anytime you want. You don't have to wake up at a certain time of day and take a bus to class. I like the fabulous drawings and visuals he uses.
really excellent seires of courses (I have completed mechanics I, II and III: practical, stimulating, well organised, with challenging homework. All this by an engaging rigorous teacher. I noticed other, more advanced courses offered by Pr Whitemann. I look forward to immerse myself back into mechanics under his guidance.
I always thought that this is a difficult subject, but Dr. Wayne's teaching skills made it so easier to understand by providing real examples and many visuals into his class. I can recommend this course to all who wants to enhance their learning opportunities about Engineering Mechanics. Thank you Dr. Wayne for your wonderful efforts !!
Jack Noblecompleted this course, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
This is an excellent course and covered some topics that were not covered in my own engineering education so although I signed up for the course as a review of my own knowledge I also acquired some new skills. As usual Dr. Whiteman and the team did a really excellent job of putting this course together and presenting the material.
Dr. Wayne did an excellent job with the course. I feel he is one of the best engineering teachers I have had. He put many hours into the creation of this course. I like the many visuals he put into his class. I can remember that he would always say to start with a free body diagram when solving a mechanics problem.
I found this course very helpful because all important topics of statics are explained very thoroughly. By solving assignments with the students, the professor shows how to tackle an engineering problem and gives you the chance of practicing with a lot of additional assignments.
Brigitte Dembacompleted this course, spending 10 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Great course, Dr. Wayne Whiteman is an excellent lecturer, explains in great detail and gives several examples for practice. Perfect refresher or starter course for basic applications of engineering mechanics. Highly recommend it!
Waiswa Jamescompleted this course, spending 10 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Very practical and focuses on real issues faced in the Engineers daily life. Also the Professor explains so well that the concepts becomes imaginative even to someone who may not have had a practical touch.
Vladimir Iarosencocompleted this course, spending 15 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
It's a very useful and serious course with a lot of practical exercises. And I guess the whole course series wouldn't be possible without Dr. Whiteman's enthusiasm. I'd like to thank him for great work!
I really enjoyed this course. It was quite useful for someone like me who graduated 7 years ago, moved to the project management side of engineering and needed a good refresher on engineering mechanics