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Structure a foundation in dynamic design, modelling and mechanical systems. Assess how force and stability effects structures. From vectors to gravity and friction, analyse and recognise structural constraints to solve mechanical problems.
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- 01 Jun 2020
- 30 Nov 2020
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- explain the fundamental concepts, laws, principles and techniques of Statics, as well as their applications in civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering
- develop free-body diagrams to depict physical configurations and force systems that govern the behaviour of a physical body, in parts or as a whole, for effectively analysing and solving mechanics problems
- analyse and calculate the aggregated effect of a system of forces and moments on the equilibrium state and behaviour of an engineering object or structure, in parts or as a whole, in a plane or in space
- understand and appreciate the basic effects of forces in analysing the behaviour and motion of engineering objects in non-equilibrium conditions
- apply Mechanics principles and equations to define problems and constraints; to extract critical information to develop solutions; and to communicate the results and problem solving processes
- Mechanics Principles and Vectors
- Moment and couple moment
- Equivalent force system and distributed forces
- Free Body Diagram and Equilibrium
- Planar Truss
- Method of Sections
- Centroid, Centre of Mass and Centre of Gravity
- Dynamics - Basic of Motion
- Dynamics - Planar Motion
You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
You are recommended to have completed the following subjects(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this subject:
- USA-ENR101-Essential Mathematics 1: Algebra and Trigonometry
- USA-ENR114-Mathematical Methods for Engineers 1
- MUR-MAS110-Fundamentals of Mathematics
- MUR-SCI16-General Physics
- USA-ENR118-Engineering Drawing with SolidWorks
- USA-ENR102-Essential Mathematics 2: Calculus
- MUR-MAS110-Fundamentals of Mathematics
A good knowledge of Year 12 Physics and Mathematics is required.
- AttendanceDetails - *** PLEASE NOTE: the 2 day on-campus practical for this subject which required attendance at UniSA Mawson Lakes campus HAS BEEN CANCELLED for SP2 due to COVID-19. A replacement alternative assessment will be provided. For SP4 a decision will be made at a later date ***
- EquipmentDetails - Audio headset with microphone are required to access weekly consultation and help desk facilities.
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Students must obtain a minimum mark of 40% in the examination and achieve an overall mark of 50% in the course to pass.
Travel and accommodation resources
- Map of Mawson Lakes Campus
- UniSA advice on temporary accommodation (Information on student accommodation, backpackers, affordable hotels, serviced apartments, Aboriginal hostels)
- Getting to Mawson Lakes (including links to the Adelaide Metro transport system)
- Please note that you may also be eligible for a travel subsidy from OUA.
This subject will provide essential knowledge of Statics that will prepare students for the design, modelling and analysis of structural and mechanical systems. Students will develop analytical and problem solving skills to model and analyse forces, moments and their effects on the equilibrium state of particles, rigid bodies and structural members. The subject will also provide students with a basic understanding of Dynamics. The following main topics will be covered: fundamentals of Statics, force and moment, equivalent force system, centroid and moment of inertia, free-body diagram and supports, static equilibrium of particles and rigid bodies, truss analysis, and friction. The subject will also introduce analysing impacts of forces in dynamic and non-equilibrium conditions.
Please note: This subject has an on-campus attendance requirement. For more information, please visit the On-campus Schedules section of the degree page.
- Group Project (20%)
- Continuous assessment (30%)
- Invigilated Exam (50%)
Vector Mechanics for Engineers: Statics 12th Ed.
Beer FP, Johnston Jr ER, Eisenberg ER, Mazurek D
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