The Art of Making Things Sit Still
Course Syllabus – Fall 2011
TR 2:20 pm – 4:10pm in CVEN Room 110
What’s wrong with this picture? (Rube Goldberg was not statics savvy)
What really happens: Weight of cannon ball on unbalanced lever rotates lever, dropping cannon ball on ground hog, killing it instantly. Golfer unfortunately also killed when entire mechanism rotates clockwise, impacting right end on ground, dynamically transmitting reacting force to left end of mechanism, snapping golfer’s neck. Adding insult to injury, impact bends gun barrel such that tee projectile wounds local video reporter on scene. Reporter taken to hospital, reports animal rights violation to ASPCA who call Animal Cops. Video of crime goes viral on YouTube. Riots break out. Golfing banned.
The gentleman shown here made a D in my statics class last semester.
Please note that although your grade in CVEN 221 will be highly influenced by your ability to do everything covered in the class, you MUST be able to find forces in trusses by the methods of joints and sections, you MUST be able to calculate reactions on beams, you MUST be able to draw shear and moment diagrams, and you MUST be able to find the centroid and moment of inertia of plane sections, or you will not pass. These things are critical and your professors teaching later courses will flunk you and pillory me if you go into their class unable to perform to this minimum level of competency.
Help for this course is available from the people shown below, at the office hours listed only.
Phone: 9798454395 (Office), 9797755401 (Home)
email: Lowery@tamu.edu
Office Hours:
NOTE: Office hours listed below are suspended on the day before a major exam, giving me time to make it out. Do not wait until the day before a major exam for help, unless the tutor has office hours on that day.
I try and keep my calendar up to date, and to add unexpected meetings as they arise. However, it will always be in your best interest to call before you come by, unless you are already in the area.
Half of my time is spent teaching CVEN 305, CVEN 221 and ENGR 485. During the remaining hours I am a departmental adviser and do multimedia teaching research and am unavailable for tutoring. Please plan on assistance either during my office hours, or see a teaching associate during their office hours.
Office: Civil Engineering Room 010
Office Desk: Has “221” sign over desk
Office hours:

MWF 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

TR 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Note that these hours are tentative. If he has to step away he will leave a sign on his desk saying:
See Lowery. I’m his backup. L^3
Office: Civil Engineering Room 010
Office Desk: Has “221” sign over desk
Office hours:

TWR 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Note that these hours are tentative. If he has to step away he will leave a sign on his desk saying:
See Lowery. I’m his backup. L^3
Textbook: The textbook is excellent – one of the best:
 Engineering Mechanics: Statics by R. C. Hibbeler, Pearson Publishing (Prentice Hall?), 12th Edition. or
 Engineering Mechanics: Statics and Dynamics
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If you intend to take Statics and Dynamics in the CE Department, you might consider the combined Statics & Dynamics version of the text which will save you about $100 over buying the texts separately. This text ISBN Number is 0138149291 or 9780138149291. However, be sure to see if the dynamics class still uses the Hibbeler text. It may change in the future.
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Catalog Description:
Application of the fundamental principles of Newtonian mechanics to the statics of particles and the equilibrium of trusses, frames, beams and other rigid bodies. Forces; moments; trusses; beams; free body diagrams; friction; equilibrium; first and second moments of lines, areas, and volumes; centers of pressure, mass, and gravity; and moments of inertia. Vector algebra and calculus are used. Prerequisites: Admission to a major sequence in Civil Engineering; MATH 251 or 253, or registration therein; PHYS 218.
Course Objectives:
 To introduce the student to statics of particles and rigid bodies, equilibrium, forces and force components, moments, shear and moment diagrams, moments of inertia.
Learning Outcomes
 (a) Ability to apply knowledge of basic mathematics, science, and engineering.
Course Prerequisites:
To take CVEN 221, you must have been admitted to upper level in Civil Engineering, and have received a passing grade (no D’s, F’s or I’s) in PHYS 218, and have completed or be registered in MATH 251 or MATH 253.
Course Assessment:
 Graded major exams (Quiz A, Quiz B, Final Exam = 3 @ 30% each)
 Graded homework assignments, Readiness Assessment Tests (RATs), Class Participation, Attendance, Projects = 10%
Syllabus Information – Please Read:
 Homework
 General Information Regarding Format for Exams, Quizzes, and Homework
 Where to get help for 221
 Grading
 Major exams
 Makeup exams
 Attendance
 Illness
 Academic Dishonesty Policy
 Finally, click here!
Resources available to the student:
 Instructor of record: Dr. Lee L. Lowery, Jr.
 Teaching associates: There is really no excuse in the world to flunk this class. The department is paying several really top tutors to help you with the material. Their tutoring hours are nicely spread out over the week so there is no way that you can’t get with them for help. Take advantage of this resource. TA Help Desk Schedule
 CE 221 File/Grade Server < — CLICK HERE TO BEGIN CLASS
 List of homework problems and pop quizzes assigned during the semester.
 Computer software (Excel, EES)
 EES – What it is, how to get it, video example on using it, user’s manual, short tutorial
 Computers in the Civil Engineering Computer Labs
 Old Exams
 Class video lectures and notes posted this semester – 2011c (email me if I forget to post the notes – Lowery@tamu.edu ) If you really want to get ahead, you should view last semester’s videos and print out the notes before coming to class. They are usually pretty much the same, which will save you a lot of copying time during class. Please note: Use of videos.
 Class notes posted during Spring 2007 – good for practice, and I sometimes go back here to get quiz problems.
 Tutoring and student use of the solution manual
 Current seating chart (will change)
 Possible Exam B
 Possible Final Exam
 Typical point deductions you can expect on exams and pop quizzes
 Good lectures on this class at OU
 First few homework problems
 Video examples/Flipped classes – Statics problems
The correct time (to the nanosecond)
Topics Covered:
Date  Class No. 
Material in this column will be covered from the Riley text. NOTE! Read all hyperlinked syllabus material listed at the bottom of this page. Note that the page coverage listed below is approximate, depending on our ability to cover the materials. 
Each problem assigned is worth 10 points, unless otherwise noted. Problem hints, if any, and other relevant information are hyperlinked. All homework problems are assigned on the day listed and due as shown below. NOTE! 
Tue 8/30 
1  General Principles Reading assignment Sections 1.11.6Mechanics, Fundamental Concepts, Units of Measurement, The International System of Units, Numerical Calculations, General Procedure for Analysis 
MANDATORY! Click here to begin course.Homework Problems Note that there are two types of problems – Fundamental problems which have complete solutions and Regular problems. No, sorry, you get zero credit for working the wrong problem. None at all. Chapter 1, Special Problems 
Thu 9/1 
2  Concurrent Force Systems Force Vectors Reading assignment Sections 2.12.8Scalars and Vectors, Vector Operations, Vector Addition of Forces, Addition of a System of Coplanar Forces, Cartesian Vectors, Addition of Cartesian Vectors, Position Vectors, Force Vector Directed Along a Line 
Homework Problems Chapter 2 Regular Problems 4, 17, 30, 32, 38, 75, 80, 90, 96 Due Class 4 
Tue 9/6 
3  Equilibrium of a particle Reading assignment Sections 3.13.3 Condition for the Equilibrium of a Particle, The FreeBody Diagram, Coplanar Force Systems 
Homework Problems Chapter 3 Regular Problems 2, 4, 6, 9, 13, 15, 17, 23 Due Class 5 
Thu 9/8 
4  Threedimensional force systems Reading assignment Section 3.4 ThreeDimensional Force Systems 
Homework Problems Chapter 3 Regular Problems 45, 47, 49, 55, 60, 63 Due Class 6 
Tue 9/13 
5  Force system resultants Reading assignment Sections 4.14.4 Moment of a ForceScalar Formulation, Cross Product, Moment of a ForceVector Formulation, Principle of Moments Help on cross products 1 Help on cross products 2 Help on cross product and torque 
Homework Problems Chapter 4 Fundamental Problems 1, 4, 7, 11, 12 and Chapter 4 Regular Problems 5, 6, 31, 43, 46 Due Class 7 
Thu 9/15 
6  Force system resultants Moment of force about specific axis Reading assignment Sections 4.54.6 Moment of a Force about a Specified Axis, Moment of a Couple Force Components Matrix Operations Help on dot product 1 
Homework Problems Chapter 4 Fundamental Problems 14, 17, 18, 19, 24 and Chapter 4 Regular Problems 56, 69, 73, 85 Due Class 8 
Tue 9/20 
7  Force system resultants Simplification of forces and couples Reading assignment Sections 4.74.9 Simplification of a Force and Couple System, Further Simplification of a Force and Couple System, Reduction of a Simple Distributed Loading 
Homework Problems Chapter 4 Fundamental Problems 25, 29, 31, 35, 37, 38, 42 Chapter 4 Regular Problems 144, 146 Due Class 9 
Thu 9/22 
8  Centroids and Center of Gravity Reading assignment Sections 9.19.2 Center of Gravity, Center of Mass, and the Centroid of a Body, Composite Bodies 
Homework Problems Chapter 9 Fundamental Problems 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 11 Chapter 9 Regular Problems 9, 15, 55, 60 Due Class 10 
Tue 9/27 
9  Centroids and Center of Gravity Reading assignment Sections 9.39.5 Theorems of Pappus and Guldinus, Resultant of a General Distributed Loading, Fluid Pressure 
Homework Problems Chapter 9 Fundamental Problems 13, 15, 17, 19, 21 Chapter 9 Regular Problems 88, 90, 91, 116 Due Class 11 
Thu 9/29 
10  Moments of inertia Reading assignment Sections 10.110.3 Definition of Moments of Inertia for Areas, ParallelAxis Theorem for an Area, Radius of Gyration of an Area 
Homework Problems Chapter 10 Fundamental Problems 1, 2, 3, 4 Chapter 10 Regular Problems 3, 4, 5, 6 Due Class 12 
Tue 10/4 
11  Moments of inertia Reading assignment Section 10.4 Moments of Inertia for Composite Areas 
Homework Problems Chapter 10 Fundamental Problems 5, 6, 7, 8 Chapter 10 Regular Problems 33, 34, 37, 38, 48 Due Class 13 
Thu 10/6 
12  Equilibrium of Rigid Bodies Reading assignment Sections 5.15.2Conditions for RigidBody Equilibrium, FreeBody Diagrams 
Homework Problems Chapter 5 Regular Problems 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Due Class 14 (Yep, Class 14) 
Tue 10/11 
13  Equilibrium of Rigid Bodies Reading assignment Sections 5.35.4 Equations of Equilibrium, Two and ThreeForce Members 
Homework Problems Chapter 5 Fundamental Problems 1, 2, 3, 4 Chapter 5 Regular Problems 19, 21, 27 Due Class 15 
Thu 10/13 
14  Equilibrium in Three Dimensions Reading assignment Section 5.5 Covered in about the first half of class: FreeBody DiagramsQuiz A – Held in CE 110 around the first or last half of class. Covers sections 1.1 through 4.9 and 9.1 through 9.5 (basically, classes 1 through 9 listed above.) You may use a formula sheet that you develop. One 8.5 in. x 11 in. sheet of paper, one side only. Must be original, handwritten, no photocopies or electronic reductions. Formulas only. No examples or procedures. Submit this sheet with your quiz. Formula sheets that do not meet these requirements will result in a penalty to your exam grade. 
Homework Problems Chapter 5 Regular Problems 35, 42, 59 Due Class 16The only material permitted on Quiz A will be one 81/2×11 sheet of formulas, one side only, no example problems. The centroid table will be included with the exam if needed. You need not bring it. You should also bring a copy of the Fundamentals of Engineering Reference Manual, Statics section only. Click here for a copy Your homework assigned a week ago is still due today. However I don’t want to delay the quiz, so hand it in with your next set. That doesn’t mean it isn’t due, only that you are going to hand in two sets next class. 
Tue 10/18 
15  Equations of Equilibrium Reading assignment Sections 5.6 
Homework Problems Chapter 5 Fundamental Problems 7, 9, 12 Chapter 5 Regular Problems 71, 76 Due Class 17 
Thu 10/20 
16  Simple trusses, Method of joints, Zeroforce members Reading assignment Sections 6.16.3 
Homework Problems Chapter 6 Fundamental Problems 1, 2, 3, 5 Chapter 6 Regular Problems 7, 9, 15, 25, 30 Due Class 18 
Tue 10/25 
17  Trusses – Method of Sections Reading assignment Section 6.4 
Homework Problems Chapter 6 Fundamental Problems 7, 9, 11, 12 Chapter 6 Regular Problems 31, 35, 37, 43 Due Class 19 
Thu 10/27 
18  Space trusses Reading assignment Section 6.5 
Homework Problems Chapter 6 Regular Problems 55, 57, 59, 64 Due class 20 
Tue 11/1 
19  Frames, and Machines Reading assignment Section 6.6 
Homework Problems Chapter 6 Fundamental Problems 13, 16, 18 Chapter 6 Regular Problems 67, 71, 74, 76, 78, 84 Due class 21 (Yep, Class 21) 
Thu 11/3 
20  Internal member forces Reading assignment Section 7.1 
Homework Problems Chapter 7 Fundamental Problems F7 – 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 Chapter 7 Regular Problems 5, 12, 14, 22, 37 Due class 22 
Tue 11/8 
21  Shear and Bending Moment Diagrams Reading assignment Section 7.2Detailed procedure for drawing shear and moment diagrams Training/Practice with shear and moment diagrams Covered in about the first half of class: Shear and Moment Equations and Quiz B – Held in CE 110 You may use a formula sheet that you develop. One 8.5 in. x 11 in. sheet of paper, written on both sides. Must be original, handwritten, no photocopies or electronic reductions. Formulas only. No examples or procedures. Submit this sheet with your quiz. Formula sheets that do not meet these requirements will result in a penalty to your exam grade. 
Homework Problems Chapter 7 Fundamental Problems 8, 11, 12 Chapter 7 Regular Problems 42, 43, 46, 49, 51, 53, 61 Due class 23The only material permitted on Quiz B will be one 81/2×11 sheet of formulas, both sides, no example problems. The centroid table from the back page of the book will be included with the exam if needed. You need not bring it. You should also bring a copy of the Fundamentals of Engineering Reference Manual, Statics section only. Click here for a copy Your homework assigned a week ago is still due today. However I don’t want to delay the quiz, so hand it in with your next set. That doesn’t mean it isn’t due, only that you are going to hand in two sets next class. 
Thu 11/10 
22  Internal Forces in Structural Members Reading assignment Section 7.2 Shear and Moment Equations and DiagramsTraining/Practice with shear and moment diagrams 
Homework Problems Chapter 7 Fundamental Problems 13, 14, 15, 18 Chapter 7 Regular Problems 68, 73, 74, 78, 84, 87 Due class 24 
Tue 11/15 
23  Internal Forces in Structural Members Reading assignment Section 7.3 Relations between Distributed Load, Shear, and Moment 
Homework Problem Chapter 7 Regular Problems 65, 66, 70, 72 Due class 25 
Thu 11/17 
24  Internal Forces in Structural Members Reading assignment Section 7.3 Relations between Distributed Load, Shear, and Moment 
Homework Problems Chapter 7 Regular Problems 75, 76, 79, 82 Due class 26 
Tue 11/22 
25  Cables Reading assignment Sections 7.4 
Homework Problems Chapter 7 Regular Problems 89, 90, 91, 93, 94, 96, 98 Due class 27 
Thu 11/24 
Thanksgiving Holiday  
Tue 11/29 
26  Dry Friction Reading assignment Section 8.18.2 
Homework Problems Chapter 8 Fundamental Problems 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Chapter 8 Regular Problems 1, 3, 4, 6, 8 Due class 28 
Thu 12/1 
27  Dry Friction, Wedges Sections 8.28.3 
Homework Problems Chapter 8 Regular Problems 9, 10, 17, 18, 25, 27, 65, 66, 70 Due class 28 (yep, class 28) 
Thu 12/6 
28  Review for final exam 
Fully understand what we covered today and be prepared to work similar problems on the Final Exam. Pick up any homework you missed at my office. 
Final Exam covers everything in the course, with emphasis on the last material over which you have not yet been examined. Held on Monday, Dec 12th, 2011 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in room 110 CHECK THIS DATE AND TIME FOR ACCURACY HERE: 
The final exam will be closed book. It will cover everything in the course with emphasis on the material covered since the last major exam. The distribution of material is planned to be approximately: 20% over Quiz A materials, 20% Quiz B, and 60% over the material covered since Quiz B. You are permitted to bring an 81/2″x11″ sheet of formulas, both sides, no example problems. You should also bring a copy of the Fundamentals of Engineering Reference Manual, Statics section only. Click here for a copy Please note that to pass this class you MUST be able to solve for reactions and draw shear and moment diagrams, find forces in truss members by method of joints and method of sections, determine the location of a centroid for a composite shape and the moment of inertia about that centroid. These are minimum competencies without which you MUST find a better prof and retake this class.

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