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Raymond P. Golingo
A A 210
Seattle Campus

Engineering Statics

Applies vector analysis to equilibrium of rigid body systems and subsystems. Includes force and moment resultants, free body diagrams, internal forces, and friction. Analyzes basic structural and machine systems and components. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in either MATH 126 or MATH 136; minimum grade of 2.0 in PHYS 121. Offered: AWS.

Class description

This course is designed to expose prospective engineering majors to the fundamental concepts of Mechanics, and provide experience with engineering logic for solving real-world problems.

Student learning goals

Students will understand basic concepts of vectors and vector operations and be able to apply these tools to the analysis of forces and torques acting on a body.

Students will be able to formulate and solve a system of equations for the forces and torques necessary to maintain equilibrium of various 2D and 3D systems by applying Newton’s First and Third Laws.

Students will gain experience with the concept of the centroid and moments of inertia.

Students will develop Confidence in analyzing the internal forces and moments acting throughout a given structure.

Students will be able to analyze the behavior of simple systems involving static and kinetic friction.

General method of instruction

Four 50 minute lectures per week

Recommended preparation

either MATH 126, MATH 129, or MATH 136, and PHYS 121 are required for this class. The students are responsible for this material It will also be beneficial to review trigonometry and solving systems of linear equations.

Class assignments and grading

Approximately 10 problems are assigned per week. About half of the problems are written up and turned in. The other half are submitted on-line.

Grades are based upon the students homework, two midterms, and final exam scores.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Raymond P. Golingo
Date: 12/26/2013