- 4 weeks long
- 4 hours a week
- FREE, Upgradable
- Taught by: Gangadhara Prusty, Robin Ford
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Online Course Details:
Learn the basic techniques of engineering mechanics and use them to interpret experiments and make designs that will work.
Engineering mechanics is the science-based analysis that engineers use to predict how their designs will perform. It is vital to ensure engineers can meet their responsibilities for performance and safety.
In this course and its companion course Through Engineers’ Eyes: Expanding the Vision, you will learn analytical skills, use them to understand experiments and apply them in design. Through experiments, analysis videos, paper and pencil tutorials and adaptive tutorials, you will experience living in the engineer’s world.
What topics will you cover?
- Week 1: The nature of loads, springs and other elastic behaviour, static and dynamic loads
- Week 2: Force as a vector, Free Body Diagrams, Equilibrium of forces that act at a point
- Week 3: Twisting effect of a force, Couples, Torque
- Week 4: Equilibrium of two-dimensional rigid bodies and systems of rigid bodies
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you’ll be able to…
- Describe how to manipulate forces as vectors
- Apply techniques and skills in using free-body diagrams and equilibrium to analyse and predict forces;
- Explore how engineering mechanics is used in design
- Describe and calculate the twisting effect of a force
Who is the course for?
This course is for anyone interested in engineering mechanics. Learners will need to have basic mathematical skills and access to a scientific calculator.