Department of Engineering

The University of Akron

Course number 4300:201-701

Mr. Daniel C. Deckler

Fall, 2005

C-211, phone 684-8761

Office Hours:

Monday: 9:00 a.m. - noon
Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. - noon
Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
or by appointment.


Engineering Mechanics: Statics, tenth edition, R. C. Hibbler, Prentice-Hall, 2005.

Course Objectives:

1. To learn how to determine the external forces acting on particles in static equilibrium.

2. To learn how to determine the external forces and moments acting on rigid bodies in static equilibrium.

3. To learn how to determine the internal forces in stationary structures such as trusses, frames, and machines.

4. To develop methods of calculating properties such as centers of gravity and area moments of inertia.

Course Requirements:

Corequisites - 3450:222 and 3650:291

Quizzes 0-20%
Exam 1, October 12, 2005 10-30%
Exam 2, November 23, 2005 10-30%
Project, Due December 12, 2005 10-20%
Final Exam, December 12, 2005 10-50%
(noon - 1:55 p.m., Comprehensive)
Total 100%

Grading Scale:

A............ 93-100 B-........... 80-83 D+.......... 68-70
A-........... 90-93 C+.......... 78-80 D............ 63-68
B+.......... 88-90 C............ 73-78 D-........... 60-63
B............ 83-88 C-........... 70-73 F............ 00-60


Chapter 1. - General Principles

Chapter 2. - Force Vectors

Chapter 3. - Equilibrium of a Particle

Chapter 4. - Force System Resultants (Sections 4.1 through 4.9)

Chapter 5. - Equilibrium of a Rigid Body

Chapter 6. - Structural Analysis

Chapter 8. - Friction (Sections 8.1 through 8.5)

Chapter 9. - Center of Gravity and Centroid (Sections 9.1 through 9.3)

Chapter 10. - Moments of Inertia (Sections 10.1 through 10.5)

Make-up tests will be given only if the student has a valid reason for missing the test, and if the student notifies the instructor as soon as possible, preferably before the test. If a student misses a test and does not have a valid excuse, the student will receive a zero for that test.
Exams will consist of 4 to 8 problems. Exams may also consist of essay, multiple choice, true/false, matching, and fill-in-the-blank questions.

Every Monday there will be a five question quiz that will cover concepts from the previous week’s homework. There is no partial credit on the quizzes. There will be 12 quizzes during the semester and your score will be computed using the highest 10. No make-up quizzes will be given. If you miss a quiz you will receive a zero and that will be one of the dropped quizzes. Quizzes will be given at the beginning of class and will be five minutes long.

Homework assignments will be given at the end of every class period.

The project will be assigned with approximately 7 to 8 weeks left in the semester. This project must be the original work of each student. The student will be required to submit a typed paper that shows the analysis that was performed, discusses any assumptions made in the analysis, and discusses any conclusions drawn from the analysis. The project will be an actual engineering problem that either I or another engineer actually had to solve. The specifics of the problem and report will be given when the project is assigned.

NO withdrawals will allowed after NOVEMBER 18, 2005. Listed below are some important dates:

September 12 - Last day to withdraw without a WD appearing on record.

October 23 - Last day to withdraw without instructor's signature.

November 18 - Last day to withdraw from Fall, 2005 classes.

College Policies:
Students should know these important policies (including student rights and responsibilities) and college information. Also here is the course refund schedule.

Recommended Additional Reading

1. Statics and Strength of Materials, A. Jensen and H. H. Chenoweth, McGraw-Hill, 1975.

2. Technical Mechanics, I. Granet, Holt, Reinhart and Winston, 1983.

3. Engineering Mechanics: Statics, B. I. Sandor, Prentice-Hall, 1983.

4. Applied Mechanics for Engineering Technology, L. M. Walker, Reston Pub. Co. Inc., 1978.

These books can be found in the library.

A. D. A. Special Accommodations
In accordance with University policy, students with a documented disability for which accommodations may be required should contact Dr. Julia Beyeler, Director of the Wayne College Learning Center (684-8963). Dr. Beyeler will assist in providing the necessary accommodations.