# PHYS 215: Statics and Engineering Design

## Catalog Description

Introduction to engineering design in the context of the basic mechanics of static structures and machines. Topics: multidimensional vector analysis of particles and rigid bodies in equilibrium, structural analysis of trusses and frames, friction, center of gravity, and moment of inertia. Introduction, by design project, to topics of technical drawing using CAD software, MATLAB and machine shop skills. Three lecture, three laboratory hours each week. Liberal Arts. This course has a fee. Prerequisite: PHYS 151.

## Introduction

There is probably no other science that is more important in engineering than mechanics, and no principle in mechanics is more important than equilibrium. Statics is the branch of engineering mechanics that focuses on equilibrium – the case where there is no acceleration and the total force and torque is zero. In this class you will become familiar with the application of equilibrium concepts to a wide variety of structures and machines. Moreover, in the laboratory you will learn how to apply the principles of engineering design, constrained by the laws of mechanics, to the design of a real structure – a balsa bridge.

## Useful Information

**Instructor
** Dr. Yuly

**Office Hours**

MTWRF 4:30-5:30 PM

**Office**

P106

**Class Time **

MWF 1:40-2:30 AM**
Location
**P207

**Laboratory **

R 9:15-10:50 AM**
Location
**P207

**Teaching **,

**Assistant **

Steven Raymond

## Course Materials

Course Syllabus and Schedule

Sample Homework Problem

AutoCAD (student download)

Autodesk Inventor (student download)

OCTAVE download (free)

Visual Analysis (student download)

## Homework

Problem Set #1

Problem Set #2

Problem Set #3

Problem Set #4

Problem Set #5

Problem Set #6

Problem Set # 7

Problem Set # 8

Problem Set # 9

Problem Set # 10

## Laboratory Materials

**Lab #1 — AutoCAD 2D**

Lecture

LAB1 – AutoCAD tutorial

HO1 – “AutoCAD 2020 Tutorial First Level” chapter 1

**Lab #2 — Autodesk Inventor**

Lecture

LAB2 – Autodesk Inventor tutorial

HO2 – “Learning Autodesk Inventor 2020” chapter 2

**Lab #3 — Octave**

LAB3 – Octave tutorial

HO3A – Octave Programming Tutorial/Getting started

HO3B – Octave Programming Tutorial/Vectors and matrices

**Lab #4 — Trusses**

LAB4 – Trusses

HO4A – A Gallery of Truss Bridges

HO4B – Build a Model of a Truss Bridge (p. 1-1 to 10)

**Lab #5 — Build a Simple Truss**

LAB5 – Build a Simple Truss

**Lab #6 — Strength of Structural Members**

LAB6 – Strength of Structural Members

HO6 – Testing the Strength of Structural Members(p. 2-1 to 9)

**Lab #7 — Analysis of the Simple Truss**

LAB7 – Octave analysis of simple truss

**Lab #8 — Visual Analysis/Simulating the Simple Truss**

LAB8 – Visual Analysis simulation of simple truss

HO8 – Visual Analysis Tutorial

**Lab #9 — Bridge Design Project**

LAB9 – Bridge Design Project

**Lab #10 – Bridge Project Presentations**

LAB10 – Presentation