Oct 01, 2023  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
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ME 2001 - Mechanics I

4 lecture hours 0 lab hours 4 credits

Course Description
This is a study of force systems acting on bodies and particles that are not in motion. The course includes equivalent force/couple systems, determination of reactions, shear force and bending moment diagrams, analysis of distributed forces in structural and machine components; additional topics include analysis of forces and/or moments in trusses, frames, beams, and machine components. (prereq: high school physics, MA 136 )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Draw free body diagrams for static systems
  • Perform 2-D equilibrium analysis using scalar analysis
  • Perform 3-D equilibrium analysis using vector analysis
  • Determine internal forces and/or moments in trusses, frames, beams, and machine components
  • Draw shear force and bending moment diagrams

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Scalars and vectors
  • Forces and moments
  • Differentiation
  • Engineering problem formulation and solving approach
  • Engineering design and model development
  • Numerical methods
  • Graphical communication

Course Topics
  • Forces, vectors and the resultant
  • Forces in space
  • Vector products
  • Equilibrium of particles in 2-D and 3-D
  • Moment of a force
  • Couples, system of forces
  • Two & three-force bodies
  • Equilibrium of rigid bodies in 2-D and 3-D
  • Analysis of trusses, frames, and machines
  • Distributed forces & internal forces
  • Shear force & bending moment diagrams


Dr. Nebojsa Sebastijanovic

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