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Mechanical Technology (MCH T)

MCH T 111 Mechanics for Technology: Statics (3) Forces; moments; resultants; two- and three-dimensional equilibrium of force systems; friction; centroids and moments of inertial of areas.

MCH T 111 Mechanics for Technology: Statics (3)

MCH T 111 will provide practical and compressive coverage of elementary statics. In addition to the theoretical approach, the course will demonstrate the practical applications of statics concepts. Students entering this course should have basic knowledge of algebra as well as geometry and trigonometry. Course will introduce the definition of scalar and vector quantities. This will be followed by vector addition, vector subtraction, resolution of vectors, addition of systems of coplanar forces, rectangular components of a vector, etc. Course will also introduce the concept of moments and couples. This will be followed by introducing free-body diagrams as a tool for solving statics problems. Emphasis will be placed on equations of equilibrium for particles and rigid bodies. Students will be exposed to 2D and 3D equilibrium. Course will put emphasis on truss and frame analysis as well as pulleys. Distributed loads will also be discussed. Course will also introduce the concept of friction, angle of friction, wedges, etc. Belt friction and rolling resistance as well as friction in bearings will also be discussed. Course will also introduce the concept of centroids, center of gravity, and moment of inertia of an area. Emphasis will be put on calculating centroidal moment of inertia of composite areas. Polar moment of inertia and mass of moment of inertia will also be introduced. Student will learn not only problem solving strategy but also develop ability to present results in clear manner.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Fall 2008
Prerequisite: MATH 026 orMATH 081

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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