Course Description: Introduction to systems of forces and couples, vector mechanics. Equilibrium of rigid bodies. Internal forces and moments, trusses and beams, distributed loads, and properties of areas. Friction and virtual work. Kinematics and kinetics of particle motion. Systems of particles.
This course is also known as Statics. The main focus of the class was to determine all of the forces acting on an object and to determine what unknown force was needed for a particular desire. Typically, one would draw a free body diagram of a structure (like the one below) in order to solve for a missing piece. Taking the moment about a certain point and summing the forces in the x and y directions (possibly z) and solving would bring about the answer. This was a great course taught by a great teacher, Professor Seelinger. It incorporated trusses, buoyancy forces, screws, beams, and wedges to name a few.