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# Coursera: Introduction to Engineering Mechanics

with  Dr. Wayne E. Whiteman
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This course is an introduction to learning and applying the principles required to solve engineering mechanics problems. Concepts will be applied in this course from previous courses you have taken in basic math and physics. The course addresses the modeling and analysis of static equilibrium problems with an emphasis on real world engineering applications and problem solving.

The copyright of all content and materials in this course are owned by either the Georgia Tech Research Corporation or Dr. Wayne Whiteman. By participating in the course or using the content or materials, whether in whole or in part, you agree that you may download and use any content and/or material in this course for your own personal, non-commercial use only in a manner consistent with a student of any academic course. Any other use of the content and materials, including use by other academic universities or entities, is prohibited without express written permission of the Georgia Tech Research Corporation. Interested parties may contact Dr. Wayne Whiteman directly for information regarding the procedure to obtain a non-exclusive license.

## Syllabus

Forces and Particle Equilibrium
In this section, students will learn the definition of a force and how to represent a force as a vector in two (2D) and three (3D) dimensions. Students will learn the concept of particle equilibrium and equilibrium of systems of particles. Concepts will be reinforced with example problems.

Define and Calculate Moments
In this section, students will learn the definition of a moment. Students will calculate the moment of a force about a point, line or axis, and moment due to a couple.

Equilibrium and Equivalence of Force Systems
In this section, students will learn the equilibrium equations in two (2D) and three (3D) dimensions. Students will solve equivalent system problems. System force results will be defined and calculated.

Free Body Diagrams and Equilibrium Analysis Techniques
In this section, students will learn to analyze general equilibrium problems. Free Body Diagrams (FBD) will be defined. Concepts will be reinforced with example problems.

Application of Static Equilibrium Equations
In this section, students will apply the equilibrium equations to solve two (2D) and three (3D) real world engineering problems. There will be an extensive use of example problems to reinforce concepts from the course.

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Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
Pace Upcoming
Provider Coursera
Language English
Certificates Paid Certificate Available
Hours 5-7 hours a week
Calendar 5 weeks long

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## 98 reviews for Coursera's Introduction to Engineering Mechanics

8 months ago
partially completed this course.
It was a great experience to do this course with Dr. Wayne E. Whiteman ( from Georgia Institute of Technology-a great institute too), I highly recommend these types of courses, at least you summarize the important ideas, and get familiar with e-learning. pros: 1-abbreviated, time effective learning 2- Dr Whiteman ha Read More
It was a great experience to do this course with Dr. Wayne E. Whiteman ( from Georgia Institute of Technology-a great institute too), I highly recommend these types of courses, at least you summarize the important ideas, and get familiar with e-learning.

pros:

1-abbreviated, time effective learning

2- Dr Whiteman has easy to understand language besides straight forward attitude of explaining subjects

cons:

1- I found the course to be a little easy (it's just an introduction as stated)

2- I hope to see like more animation or real life videos.

last word, thanks for all (class-central website,Georgia Institute and Dr Whiteman), you for sure will not waste your time here.

best regards
8 months ago
completed this course.
I took this to learn basic fundamentals principles right as I took mechanics of materials first. This one covers statics. It's up to anyone to decide their sequence of study but grasping basics is important to mastering of more advanced concepts later as long as one doesn't get fogged out. As with all videos produced w Read More
I took this to learn basic fundamentals principles right as I took mechanics of materials first. This one covers statics. It's up to anyone to decide their sequence of study but grasping basics is important to mastering of more advanced concepts later as long as one doesn't get fogged out. As with all videos produced with Dr Wayne, the high quality video productions are interspersed with quiz exercises to challenge one's own learning pace. The delivery in the video production made effort to engage and relate to the interested beginner.
8 months ago
partially completed this course.
Hello there!

I am Roboticst with CS and Electronics background. I had a lot of problem communicating with fellow roboticts when I would discuss something related to mechanics of a robot with them. The great thing for me is, that I am becomin able to communicate well enough with the mechanical engineers on team now.
8 months ago
partially completed this course.
Dr. Whiteman is outstanding at explaining the concepts he is teaching. He doesn't breeze through the material, but rather really explains how and why I can and should learn the material. I only completed parts of his courses, only because engineering is not the field I'm in and I keep getting pulled away from consisten Read More
Dr. Whiteman is outstanding at explaining the concepts he is teaching. He doesn't breeze through the material, but rather really explains how and why I can and should learn the material. I only completed parts of his courses, only because engineering is not the field I'm in and I keep getting pulled away from consistent and continuous learning. Dr. Whiteman's lectures are some of the best I've seen on the various MOOC sites, and I hope to come back to them soon.
8 months ago
completed this course.
Thank you very much Dr. White man. This course with your clear teaching style and explanations have made me to understand a lot of basic engineering principles. Not many students, like me, get the opportunity to learn in world's top universities. But because of the power of internet and generous people like you, who ar Read More
Thank you very much Dr. White man. This course with your clear teaching style and explanations have made me to understand a lot of basic engineering principles. Not many students, like me, get the opportunity to learn in world's top universities. But because of the power of internet and generous people like you, who are willing to share knowledge and educate, we get to experience such top quality learnings. Once again, thank you for your great work...!
8 months ago
partially completed this course.
I've only completed part of the course so far (taken as a refresher), I will completing the rest in the coming weeks. I found the pace of teaching and Dr Whiteman's delivery excellent. Whilst it's only an introductory course, mechanics can be complex if not fully explained. I found the explanations, examples and me Read More
I've only completed part of the course so far (taken as a refresher), I will completing the rest in the coming weeks. I found the pace of teaching and Dr Whiteman's delivery excellent.

Whilst it's only an introductory course, mechanics can be complex if not fully explained.

I found the explanations, examples and method of delivery useful, interactive and challenging.

No hesitation in recommending this course
8 months ago
completed this course.
Having completed Dr. Whiteman's amazing 4-pack of engineering statics and dynamics courses, I have gained valuable insight into how the physical world works, clearly framed in the language of math and physics; opportunities present themselves every day to apply my newfound knowledge. Dr. Whiteman, if I ever get invit Read More
Having completed Dr. Whiteman's amazing 4-pack of engineering statics and dynamics courses, I have gained valuable insight into how the physical world works, clearly framed in the language of math and physics; opportunities present themselves every day to apply my newfound knowledge.

Dr. Whiteman, if I ever get invited to Augusta you will be the first person I recommend to fill the foursome!
8 months ago
completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
I honestly can't understand this course having such a low rating. Unfortunately, several of the one-star reviews are by morons that either dropped the course or found it too difficult.

Coming from a metallurgy background, I did not have a lot of mechanical engineering training. This course was excellent both as a math refresher and a relatable approach to simple applications
8 months ago
partially completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Hi Team, although I never finished this unit, I will come back and complete it.

Life just got in the way. Having said that as an instructor in my day to day life I found the method of teaching and the way it was delivered to be world class. If you are interested in Engineering... this is a great starting place.

John Knight B Comm (EC IT) GMDSS TAE

8 months ago
completed this course.
Overall a good course. The material is covered slowly in increments, which makes it quite easy to follow along. Concepts are presented in an easy-to-understand way. There are a couple of mistakes in the videos, but they have been annotated, so there is no real confusion. I would recommend his course to people wanting to learn about Mechanics!
8 months ago
audited this course.
Dr. Whiteman is really good at conveying complex concepts and formulations in simple, easy to understand languages, and the demos and real life examples make the class very interesting. I would highly recommend Dr. Whiteman's online courses to everyone who is interested in pursuing mechanical engineering as his/her profession.
8 months ago
completed this course.
I am a high school teacher who wanted to review some engineering principles before teaching the ideas at the secondary level. Engineering is being taught in more and more high schools across the country. This is a great way to build your background knowledge that will make your own class better.
8 months ago
dropped this course.
I could understand and keep up with the teacher but I wouldn't recommend it as a beginner's course as the teaching was very sub standard in terms of explanation of details of concepts. It was as if a revision and a strengthening course for people that already understand the material
8 months ago
completed this course.
I particularly liked Professor Whiteman's teaching style. He often presented more than one way of solving a problem. For example, in his lectures on moments and cross products he gave us both the right-hand rule and the i-j-k cycle, each useful in different frameworks.
8 months ago
partially completed this course.
It's a very useful learning tool, i also highly recommended it to a couple of my buddies. The professors guidance throughout the course really tackled whatever doubts or issue i may have gained. And through practice and watching the videos i was able to build confidence
8 months ago
completed this course.
The instruct has deep knowledge in this area of the course. He knew how to deliver his knowledge to the student. In addition, Dr.Wayne he has good method of ., he read the lecture followed by examples. He gave quizzes related to each topic of the courses.
8 months ago
dropped this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
A good course with very good introduction to the subject which the students find tough for the first time. Beautifully explained. Its a pity I had to drop-out due to compelling circumstances. Definitely intend to take it again in future as and when time permits.
8 months ago
completed this course.
I was struggling in my Engineering mechanics class, I started taking this course and it's Sooooo much easier to understand. My grades in my college engineering classes quickly improved and my teacher was super impressed. This class is was EXTREMELY helpful.
8 months ago
completed this course.
Well explained and well thought out. However, instead is solving the same kind of problem over and over again, different ones should be explored. Moreover, just the examples being solved was insufficient; practical examples should have been provided.
8 months ago
completed this course.
Clear erudite presentation. Presents the materials in a cohesive rigorous way with great efficiency. AAAA++++ Examples and exercises were excellent extensions of the class material that allowed one a greater understanding of the principles
8 months ago
completed this course.
This course is quite healthy in content for those who wanna learn what mechanics is all about. Dr. Whiteman is awesome in explaining concepts like free body diagram and force equilibrium which lay foundation to mechanical and civil engineering.
8 months ago
partially completed this course, spending 10 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.
This is a great course. I got fundamentals of mechanical engineering, something I was very interested in learning due to my interest in robotics. Unfortunately I had to travel out of the country due to family reasons, so I couldnt complete it.
8 months ago
completed this course.
This course is a really a good one who want to learn mechanics in engineering. Lecturer explains everything very clearly and practically​. I would recommend this course for people who want to learn basics of engineering mechanics.
8 months ago
audited this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Simple, with excellent explanation

I enjoyed this course, especially when professor Whiteman explains difficult concepts in terms of simple and easy examples.

The course is excellent for undergraduate level students
8 months ago
completed this course.
Simple, with excellent explanation

I enjoyed this course, especially when professor Whiteman explains difficult concepts in terms of simple and easy examples.

The course is excellent for undergraduate level students

8 months ago
completed this course.
This course just changed my perspective way of looking world around me. Thanks Dr. Wayne Whiteman. You are incredible Especially your statement " Emphasis will be on understanding the subject not ton the calculations"
5 out of 5 people found the following review useful
3 years ago
is taking this course right now, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
8 months ago
completed this course.
Dr. Whiteman is a very good teacher. He explains the relations between the basic concepts and reality based phenomena. I found it very interesting, not boring at all; and this is very difficult in such a speciallized theme.
8 months ago
audited this course.
It was a great experience throughout the course .All the critical concepts were explained very vividly.I would like to encourage my friends to take the course for better understanding of basic concepts on the subject.
8 months ago
partially completed this course.
sir

Thanks with warm regard for conducting such a nicely planed course. I like all most all part especially the pause in between the class and question related to the topic tought.

Once again thanks and namskar.
8 months ago
partially completed this course.
This course is fantastic! The quality of instruction is top notch. The instructor makes it exciting to learn the fundamentals. I have not completed it yet due ro family obligations, but I am coming back to finish!
8 months ago
partially completed this course.
This was a great course. It had good problems and was very easy to understand. Near the end, I was confident I could solve many of the problems that I had trouble with back when I was still in University.
8 months ago
completed this course.
I have taken all the mechanics courses from Dr. Whiteman and enjoyed each one. They were a great to recap on from my University modules.

Dr. Whiteman explains the material very well. Would definitely recommend.

8 months ago
partially completed this course.
Take it, you won't regret. every concept was explained in details and assignment problems were helpful. The course was encouraging that yes we can also analyze and solve higher order thinking questions.
8 months ago
completed this course.
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!

8 months ago
completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Excellent presentation of engineering fundamentals explained and illustrated by a very polished instructor. The topics were completely covered in a very efficient manor.

A credit to any MOOC program.
8 months ago
completed this course.
The course is really helpful and great, the way that sir is teaching easily can be understand by the students. A very very big thanks for sir and Coursera for providing such an amazing course.
8 months ago
completed this course.
This is one of very best MOOC courses I've ever taken out of several dozen courses on several platforms. Dr Whiteman is a first rate instructor; clear,concise,consistent in his presentation.
8 months ago
completed this course.
It's a great course, I highly recommend, helped me to understand better some concepts and have another perspective about matrices and your importance.

Sorry my English I'm not a native speaker
8 months ago
completed this course.
I have taken the full series of mechanics courses from Dr. Whiteman and enjoyed each one. Compared to others, Dr. Whiteman takes a very practical approach to presenting complex material.
8 months ago
completed this course.
Really learned a lot from this course. The methods of teaching and engaging is amazing. I had difficulty with this course in University and I understood most of it practically from this course.
8 months ago
completed this course.
This class presented very clear formatting of simple, but important ideas that every mechanical engineer should be aware of, with great step by step instructions to teach us. Well done.
8 months ago
completed this course.
I was quite rusty when i came back to school for my graduate degree in Mechanical Engineering. This course brought me back to speed in a hurry. Very helpful. Thanks, Prof. Whiteman.
8 months ago
audited this course.
Well organised and well explained lessons. The course material represent a great resource for learning. Fundamental concepts are well explained. I recommend this course. Thank you
8 months ago
completed this course.
I highly recommend this course for those who want to form a solid background about mechanics.

It's a start jump for who are excited about mechanics or wants to start assimilation.

8 months ago
completed this course.
It is a very interesting course to acquire or refresh some mechanics concepts that are essential and a foundation for more complex mechanics. You get also some maths usefull apparatus
8 months ago
completed this course.
Very good course. Informative. Teacher expalins nicely with practical examples. Conceptual understanding improves after completion of the course. Thank you very much.
8 months ago
partially completed this course.
The way of presenting the subject matter is very lucid and interesting. Moreover the course content is also quite good almost all the UG level concepts gets covered.
8 months ago
audited this course.
It's an excellent course assuming you have the basics of the maths required. It's easier to understand because he breaks it down to the basics and helps to build around it.
8 months ago
completed this course.
Very good course from one of the best instructors

many thanks to everyone who made this available, coursera, georgia tech and mr. Whiteman

looking forward for more

8 months ago
completed this course.
Dr. Wayne Whiteman had taught the course in the best way it could have been done.

Illustrations given were very good. Clip were short but contained material in the best way.
8 months ago
completed this course.
Professor Whiteman is very good in demonstrating concepts and constructing bench models for visualization and easy understanding. Excellent course. I recommend it.
8 months ago
completed this course.
This course was very understandable at the same time challenging, I have taken a few of the Mechanical engineering series but definitely I want to finish the complete series.
8 months ago
completed this course.
I really enjoyed this course, and got a good understanding of basic statics from it. This will help me in the teaching of the Calculus Courses I teach at my college.
8 months ago
completed this course.
All the concepts were clearly explained with very good examples and it was good to have Homework sheets also which made me confident for better understanding.
8 months ago
dropped this course.
tough course and i couldn't get the math down but if this is your thing i'd definitely try it. if you're into math or good at complex math in my opinion.
8 months ago
partially completed this course.
Thank you so much for your great effort it really takes someone very dedicated to make all these videos to help people out out thank from the bottom of my heart.
8 months ago
completed this course.
Excellent course. The teaching style was excellent and the exercises are well designed to help you learn . Instructors knowlwdge anout the course is outstanding
8 months ago
partially completed this course.
It’s an excellent course to start learning about engineering mechanics; the examples given and exercises help reinforce the theory given during the course.
8 months ago
completed this course.
Very good introduction course for mechanical engineering. Easy to follow videos and very good practical exercises. Requires some basic mathematical knowledge.
8 months ago
partially completed this course.
useful course to begin with. Got good real-life examples and exercises that clears out doubts. Practical. difficulty= easy-medium. Time spent 6-9 hours week.
4 months ago
dropped this course.
Great Job Dr. Wayne !! I could get all the material I needed from your classes and was able to make a clear about the concepts so far. Thank you.
8 months ago
completed this course.
This subject is the backbone of mechanical engineering, and understanding of this subject under this course have been excellent, thanks to the faculty
8 months ago
completed this course.
Excellent course! The presenter was fantastic and explained the course content very well. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and highly recommend it.
8 months ago
completed this course.
A good intro into mechanical engineering, even for those just interested into what goes into engineering, I enjoyed taking course and learned a lot.
8 months ago
dropped this course.
Dr. Wayne deliver rough subjects in light & understandable way... although i have'nt finished the course, i have a lot of use in the course meterial!
8 months ago
completed this course.
The course content and the way instructor has explained everything are amazing! It will definitely help in getting strong basis for further studies.
8 months ago
completed this course.
It is an excellent course and very useful. Thanks a lot to Dr. Whiteman for such a wonderful teaching. Strongly recommended for all Mechanical Engineers.
8 months ago
completed this course.
hi there this course is very helpful understant the concept of basic mechanical engineering terms. the instructor convey the concept very clerly.

8 months ago
is taking this course right now.
The instructor is very good at explaining the concepts. Uses real life examples and visual aids to achieve clarity in his explanations. Highly recomended.
8 months ago
completed this course.
Want to thank Dr.Wayne Whiteman for his great job resultant.

Concise, handy, practical - these words are describing the course precisely.
8 months ago
partially completed this course.
The course was interactive as it involved lectures with exchanges with students at the moment and it proved resourceful. I enjoyed the sessions
8 months ago
completed this course.
Nice course with nice professor

It encourages you to go deep inside of mechanism and free body diagrams. I realy recommend you to pass it
8 months ago
completed this course.
Excellent teaching! But Dynamics part was hard to understand. The rest of the course is very helpful and lot more practical. Thank you, Sir.
8 months ago
completed this course.
Wonderful course. Straight to the point.

Easy to follow and insightful. Can't express how much it helped me!! What are you waiting for ENROLL
8 months ago
completed this course.
Very well planned and executed. Concepts are explained crisply. Although, more problem solving for session and practice would have been better.
8 months ago
audited this course.
Amazing course. Thoroughly enjoyed it. I would recommend it to all interested in learning the material being covered in this course.
8 months ago
audited this course.
This course was a great way for me to start getting familiar with mechanics. It allowed me to have a strong basis moving forwards
8 months ago
completed this course.
Great course and extremely well explained. Make sure you revise and you'll be well prepared for the exam at the end of the week.
8 months ago
is taking this course right now.
Very clear, concise lecture and quiz material. Dr. Whiteman does an excellent job and is very easy to follow. Highly recommend.
8 months ago
completed this course.
Covers many basic concepts and useful tools widely used in statics, and it does a great job being a introductory statics course.
8 months ago
completed this course.
He is a very good teacher at explaining everything. He uses good visual details and leaves no doubts. I recommend taking this course.
8 months ago
completed this course.
It's a great course to take.

I just happened to like it, can't explain.

Vectors, they exist around you, are real things.
8 months ago
completed this course, spending 10 hours a week on it.
Great course. I learned a lot. One of the few helpful courses I found on Mechanical Engineering. Thanks Dr. Whiteman.
8 months ago
completed this course.
Great course and very helpful, as I wanted to refresh my knowledge and learn new things. I really recommend this course.
8 months ago
completed this course.
I studied chemistry and chemical engineering and this course was very useful, it helped me to fill some knowledge gaps.
8 months ago
audited this course.
All courses on Coursera by Dr. Whiteman are perfect if you want to get your basics in Engineering Mechanics clear.
8 months ago
partially completed this course.
this was a very helpful course and the teacher is very good... this is very good course for basic clearing

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