## Engineering Mechanics Statics

of engineering. Many of the topics in such areas as civil, mechanical, aerospace, and agricultural

engineering, and of course engineering mechanics itself, are based upon the subjects

of statics and dynamics. Even in a discipline such as electrical engineering, practitioners, in

the course of considering the electrical components of a robotic device or a manufacturing

process, may find themselves first having to deal with the mechanics involved.

Thus, the engineering mechanics sequence is critical to the engineering curriculum.

Not only is this sequence needed in itself, but courses in engineering mechanics also serve

to solidify the student’s understanding of other important subjects, including applied mathematics,

physics, and graphics. In addition, these courses serve as excellent settings in

which to strengthen problem-solving abilities.

The primary purpose of the study of engineering mechanics is to develop the capacity

to predict the effects of force and motion while carrying out the creative design functions

of engineering. This capacity requires more than a mere knowledge of the physical and

mathematical principles of mechanics; also required is the ability to visualize physical configurations

in terms of real materials, actual constraints, and the practical limitations

which govern the behavior of machines and structures. One of the primary objectives in a

mechanics course is to help the student develop this ability to visualize, which is so vital to

problem formulation. Indeed, the construction of a meaningful mathematical model is

often a more important experience than its solution. Maximum progress is made when the

principles and their limitations are learned together within the context of engineering

application.

to predict the effects of force and motion while carrying out the creative design functions

of engineering. This capacity requires more than a mere knowledge of the physical and

mathematical principles of mechanics; also required is the ability to visualize physical configurations

in terms of real materials, actual constraints, and the practical limitations

which govern the behavior of machines and structures. One of the primary objectives in a

mechanics course is to help the student develop this ability to visualize, which is so vital to

problem formulation. Indeed, the construction of a meaningful mathematical model is

often a more important experience than its solution. Maximum progress is made when the

principles and their limitations are learned together within the context of engineering

application.