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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Unit aim

Examines the response of bodies or systems of bodies at rest when subjected to external load actions. Covers the fundamental mechanics concepts of vectors, loads, freebody diagrams and equilibrium. Presents methods to calculate reactions, forces in trusses, as well as sectional properties, internal forces and friction.

Unit content

  1. Introduction to vectors
  2. Equilibrium of systems and reactions
  3. Trusses
  4. Internal forces
  5. Sectional properties
  6. Fractional forces

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 demonstrate an understanding of load actions and frictional forces acting on bodies in equilibrium
2 demonstrate proficiency in calculating reactions in beams and trusses
3 determine properties of area including centroids and first and second moments of area
4 analyse axial force, shear force and bending moments in simple structures.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of load actions and frictional forces acting on bodies in equilibrium
  2. demonstrate proficiency in calculating reactions in beams and trusses
  3. determine properties of area including centroids and first and second moments of area
  4. analyse axial force, shear force and bending moments in simple structures.

Prescribed texts

  • This book is available in the Lismore Co-op Bookshop: Hibbeler, RC, 2016, Engineering Mechanics: Statics, 14th Edition in SI Units, Pearson. ISBN: 9781292089232.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.