ENGR 201 – Statics

Course Description

Statics is a subdivision of mechanics an applied science, concerned with the forces that act on bodies at rest under equilibrium conditions. The topics closely related to physics, so many of the concepts will build on that prior knowledge. Statics is the foundation of many engineering topics and is indispensable prerequisite to their study. (UC and CSU transferable)

Topics covered:

  • System of units
  • Unit vectors
  • Equilibrium of particles in 2D and 3D
  • Free body diagrams
  • Force transmissibility, moments, resultants and couples
  • Rigid bodies and their equilibrium
  • Centroids
  • Trusses and frames in 2D and 3D
  • Internal forces
  • Cables
  • Friction, wedges, screws and bearings
  • Moment of Inertia of areas
  • Virtual work

Course material

  1. Handouts will be posted on Blackboard
  2. Vector Mechanics for Engineers, by Beer, Johnston, & Mazurek.


Your performance will be assessed through:

  • Participation
  • Homework and assignments
  • Group project
  • Three midterms and one final