Engineering 2 - Statics - Course Information Sheet - Fall 2014

Instructor: Russell Lee Office: PS 103 408-848-4881
Office Hours: Monday & Friday: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.; Wednesday: 1:00 - 5:30 p.m.; and by appointment.
Textbook: Engineering Mechanics: Statics, 13th edition, 2013. Russell C. Hibbeler, author. A book will be loaned to each student for use during the semester and must be returned before you will be given a final exam.
Prerequisite: Physics 4A and Math 1B, with a grade of "C" or better, are required.
Attendance: Regular attendance is highly recommended. It is the responsibility of the student to drop the course by obtaining a drop card from the registrar.
Honor Code: Students are expected to exercise academic honesty and integrity. Violations will result in disciplinary action that may include recommendation for dismissal.
Special Needs: Students requiring special arrangements because of a disability should contact their instructor, counselor, or the Disability Resource Center.
Course Objectives
and Goals:
Upon the successful completion of this course, the student will possess an appreciation and understanding of the fundamental laws, rules and principles that control rigid bodies that are in static equilibrium when subjected to 2- and 3-dimensional force systems. Topics will include vector mathematics, forces, moments, couples, trusses, beams, friction, centroids, moments of inertia, fluid statics, Mohrís Circle, and an introduction to virtual work.
Evaluation: Students will receive a letter grade based upon the following:
  1. Quizzes. 15% of grade.
  2. Three midterm exams. 60% of grade.
  3. Comprehensive two-hour final exam. 25% of grade.
90% of the total possible points will be required for an A, 80% of the total possible points for a B, 70% for a C, and 60% for a D.
Doing homework daily is the most important part of this class. Successful learning will require doing homework daily and asking informed questions about problems you can't solve without assistance. Be honest with yourself about when you're looking up answers instead of learning how to solve problems. Problems will be assigned often and will include problems that both reinforce and extend the concepts presented and discussed in class. There will be quizzes, announced and unannounced (pop), based upon the homework; partial credit will be minimal. Make-up quizzes will not be given.
Exams: The three midterm exams will be given during the class period on the following Tuesdays:
September 23 October 28 December 2
Make-up exams will not be given. Mark these dates in your calendar. The exams will be straightforward for those who complete and understand the homework. Exam problems may require synthesis of more than one concept. All exams are closed book and closed notes. Calculators with trig functions will be provided.
Final Exam: Tuesday, December 9, 2013. 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Room PS 102.
Last update on June 3, 2014.