Civil and Environmental Engineering
CE 180 - Statics
Catalog description
The elements of statics with applications to systems of forces in two and three dimensions (particles and rigid bodies), resultants, equivalent systems, and equilibria. Vector notation is introduced. Friction.
Prerequisite: First year calculus (co-requisite: MATH 155)
Who takes it
Usually undergraduate students from Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Engineering Science during their sophomore year.
What it's about

This course introduces students to the mechanics of rigid bodies at rest.

The course helps enhance student’s problem-solving skills. Students should be able to analyze and solve numerous types of problems and to explain their reasoning verbally and in writing. Specific learning objectives of this course are as outlined below:

  • Construct proper vectors to represent forces and perform mathematical operations with them.
  • Understand equilibrium and demonstrate the ability to solve 2-D and 3-D problems using this concept.
  • Determine the centroid of an area, the center of gravity of 2-D and 3-D bodies, and the moment of inertia of an area.
  • Draw shear and bending moment diagrams of beams including those with distributed loads.
  • Solve equilibrium problems that take into account static friction.
Textbook: Engineering Mechanics: Statics, 10 th Edition, R.C. Hibbeler, Prentice Hall. provides access to the students of the syllabus, course information, problems, and homework solutions.
Instructor: Florence Sanchez