Purdue University Calumet
School of Technology
Course Syllabus
MET 11800 – Applied Mechanics: Statics
Credits and Contact Hours:
Credit 3, Class 3, Contact Hours 3
Instructor’s or Course Coordinator’s Name:
Dennis Korchek
Text Book, Title, Author and Year:
Statics & Strengths of Materials, 7th edition, 2011, Author: Morrow
Introduction to the Course:
a) Catalog Description (2010-2011 Academic Catalog):
A study of force systems, resultants and equilibrium, centroids of areas and centers of gravity of bodies,
trusses, frames, beams, friction and moments of inertia of areas and bodies.
b) Prerequisites or co-requisites:
MA 14800
c) Required course.
Specific Goals to the Course:
a) General Education Objectives:
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:
Understand the concept of a resultant force for systems of forces. (Comprehension)
Calculate the resultant force for systems of forces acting on a body. (Application)
Understand the concept of components of a force. (Comprehension)
Calculate the components of a resultant force. (Application)
Understand the principle of moments. (Comprehension)
Solve for the moment caused by force acting about any point on a rigid body. (Application)
Understand the principle of transmissibility. (Comprehension)
Demonstrate the use of the principle of transmissibility to solve for reaction or for forces
causing stress in members of a truss. (Application)
Understand Varignon’s Theorem. (Comprehension)
Demonstrate the use of Varignon’s Theorem to solve for the location of resultant forces and to
locatethe centroid of an area. (Application)
Solve for the reaction forces at the supports of a rigid body at rest. (Application)
Understand the Method of Joints. (Comprehension)
Calculate the force in members of a truss using the Method of Joints. (Application)
Understand the Method of Sections. (Comprehension)
Calculate the force in members of a truss using the Method of Sections. (Application)
Understand the process of Pin Reaction-Method of Members to calculate the pin reactions at
joints of rigid frames which have 3-force members. (Comprehension)
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MET 11800 – Applied Mechanics: Statics
Calculate the force at the pins connecting frames using Pin Reaction-Method of members.
Understand the difference between Centroids and Centers of Gravity. (Comprehension)
Be able to locate Centroids and Centers of Gravity for rigid bodies at rest. (Application)
Understand the concept of Moment of Inertia. (Comprehension)
Calculate the Moment of Inertia of a composite cross-sectional area. (Application)
Understand the concept of Radius of Gyration and how it’s used as a determinate of bending in
compression members. (Comprehension)
Calculate the Radius of Gyration for any given cross-sectional area. (Application)
b) Criteria 3 Student Outcomes:
This course covers items a, b, and f in ABET Criteria 3.
Course Delivery Methods (check all that apply):
X- Lecture
Factors Used to Determine the Course Grade (check all that apply):
X Quizzes X Exams
Brief List of Topics to be Covered:
1. Resultant of Current Forces in a Plane
2. Equilibrium of Concurrent Forces in a Plane
3. Resultant of Non-concurrent Forces in a Plane
4. Equilibrium of a Ridged Body
5. Force Analysis of Structures and Machines
6. Center of Gravity, Centroids, and Moments of Inertia of Areas
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