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ME102: Mechanics I

Unit 1: Statics   *The first unit of this course covers static analysis.  You will briefly review vectors (graphical elements allowing you to visualize the direction and magnitude of a physical quantity, like velocity), forces (influences that cause unrestrained objects to accelerate), and moments (forces that cause free bodies to rotate) in two dimensions and three dimensions.  You will then turn your attention to “static” objects—that is, objects in equilibrium, or objects that are either motionless or moving at a constant speed but not accelerating.
 
Once you have a solid grasp on how to effectively examine what happens when static structures are subjected to forces, you will learn how friction (a force resisting the lateral movement of an object) will affect a situation.  These concepts are basic, but you must know how to locate and use them when physically analyzing a structure.  You will learn to compute moments and resultants of force systems and study internal forces exerted on members. You will analyze trusses, machines, and frames, as well as study the effects of friction on belts and wedges.

The material in this unit should be understood at a level sufficient for application to and analysis of new situations; sample questions at this level are included at the end of the unit.*

Unit 1 Time Advisory
This unit will take you approximately 40 hours to complete.

☐    Subunit 1.1: 12 hours ☐    Subunit 1.1.1: 7 hours

☐    Subunit 1.1.2: 2 hours

☐    Subunit 1.1.3: 2 hours

☐    Subunit 1.1.4: 1 hour

☐    Subunit 1.2: 10 hours

☐    Subunit 1.2.1: 1 hour

☐    Subunit 1.2.2: 2 hours

☐    Subunit 1.2.3: 2 hours

☐    Subunit 1.2.4: 2 hours

☐    Subunit 1.2.5: 2 hours

☐    Subunit 1.2.6: 1 hour

☐    Subunit 1.3: 14 hours ☐    Subunit 1.3.1: 2 hours

☐    Subunit 1.3.2: 3 hours

☐    Subunit 1.3.3: 1 hour

☐    Subunit 1.3.4: 2 hours

☐    Subunit 1.3.5: 2 hours

☐    Subunit 1.3.6: 1 hour

☐    Subunit 1.3.7: 1 hour

☐    Subunit 1.3.8: 2 hours

☐    Assessment: 4 hours

Unit1 Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this unit, the student will be able to:
- Identify, explain, and perform calculations using units and notations common in mechanics; convert between unit systems. - Perform vector calculations including dot products, cross products, and magnitude calculations. - Identify, explain, and perform calculations involving forces, couples, and moments. - Use the concepts of forces and moments to compute resultants and equivalents in mechanics. - Analyze and perform calculations concerning static, rigid bodies including trusses, frames, and machines. - Identify and analyze problems involving friction, tension, and compression. - Perform calculations involving friction; analyze belts and pulleys.

1.1 Introduction   1.1.1 Motivation   - Activity: The Saylor Foundation's “Introduction and Motivation: Bridge Design” Link: The Saylor Foundation’s “Introduction and Motivation: Bridge Design” (PDF)
 
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1.1.2 Units, Dimensions, and Notations   - Reading: University of Nebraska at Lincoln: Mehrdad Negahban’s “Notation and Units” Link: University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Dr. M. Negahban’s “Notation and Units” Lecture (PDF)
 
Instructions: Please click on the link above and read the lecture notes on notation and units.  This review is intended to refresh your memory of units from previous courses.
 
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1.1.3 Vectors   - Reading: University of Nebraska at Lincoln: Mehrdad Negahban’s “Scalars and Vectors” Link: University of Nebraska at Lincoln: Mehrdad Negahban’s “Scalars and Vectors” (PDF)
 
Instructions: Please click on the link above and read the entire article, which provides a concise reference for vector addition and resolution.
 
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1.1.4 2D Vectors   - Reading: University of Nebraska at Lincoln: Mehrdad Negahban’s “Vector Components 2-D” Link: University of Nebraska at Lincoln: Mehrdad Negahban’s “Vector Components 2-D” (PDF)
 
Instructions: Please click on the link above and read the entire article, which provides a reference for the representation of vectors in an orthogonal basis.
 
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1.1.5 3D Vectors   - Reading: University of Nebraska at Lincoln: Mehrdad Negahban’s “Vector Components 3-D” Link: University of Nebraska at Lincoln: Mehrdad Negahban’s “Vector Components 3-D” (PDF)
 
Instructions: Please click on the link above and read the entire article, which provides a reference for representation of vectors in three dimensions. 
 
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  • Activity: The Saylor Foundation’s “Vectors: Review and Self Study” Link: The Saylor Foundation’s “Vectors: Review and Self Study” (PDF)
     
    Instructions: Please read the linked document in its entirety. Follow along with the example problems in detail.  You may need to refer back to these examples later in your study.

1.2 Force, Moments, and Couples   Note: Now that you understand vectors and forces, you are ready for moment analysis.  Moments, also known as “couples” in some situations, are force systems that cause an object to rotate.  For example, consider the way in which you use a wrench to loosen a nut.  The force you exert on the end of a wrench creates a moment.  When performing structural analysis, we will look at the sums of both the forces and the moments acting on an object.

1.2.1 Force   - Reading: The Saylor Foundation's “Forces and Moments” Link: The Saylor Foundation's “Forces and Movements” (PDF)
 
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1.2.2 Equilibrium   - Reading: University of Nebraska at Lincoln: Mehrdad Negahban’s “Static Equilibrium for a Particle” Link: University of Nebraska at Lincoln: Mehrdad Negahban’s “Static Equilibrium for a Particle” (PDF)
 
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1.2.3 Moment of a Force and Torque   - Reading: University of Nebraska at Lincoln: Mehrdad Negahban’s “Moment of a Force: Part 1” Link: University of Nebraska at Lincoln: Mehrdad Negahban’s “Moment of a Force: Part 1”  (PDF)
 
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1.2.4 Moment of a Force-Cross Product   - Activity: The Saylor Foundation’s “Moments and Cross Products: Practice Calculations” Link: The Saylor Foundation’s “Moments and Cross Products: Practice Calculations” (PDF)
 
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  • Reading: University of Nebraska at Lincoln: Mehrdad Negahban’s “Moment of a Force: Part 2”

    Link: University of Nebraska atLincoln: Mehrdad Negahban’s “Moment of a Force: Part 2”  (PDF)

    Instructions: Please click on the link above and read the entire article.  You may wish to practice computing the moments of forces.

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1.2.5 Equivalent of Force-Couple System   - Reading: The Saylor Foundation’s “Resultant of Systems” Link: The Saylor Foundation’s “Resultant of Systems” (PDF)
 
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  • Reading: University of Nebraska at Lincoln: Mehrdad Negahban’s “Equivalent of Force-Couple System: Part 1” Link: University of Nebraska at Lincoln: Mehrdad Negahban’s “Equivalent of Force-Couple System: Part 1” (PDF)
     
    Instructions: Please click on the link above and read the entire article. It introduces the calculations of reducing mulitiple forces to equivalents for ease of further calculation.
     
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1.2.6 Equivalent of Force-Couple System with Distributed Loads   - Reading: University of Nebraska at Lincoln: Mehrdad Negahban’s “Equivalent of Force-Couple System: Distributed Loads” Link: University of Nebraska at Lincoln: Mehrdad Negahban’s “Equivalent of Force-Couple System: Distributed Loads” (PDF)

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1.3 Analysis of Rigid Bodies   1.3.1 Equilibrium for Rigid Bodies   - Reading: The Saylor Foundation’s “Equilibrium Conditions” Link: The Saylor Foundation’s “Equilibrium Conditions” (PDF)
 
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  • Reading: University of Nebraska at Lincoln: Mehrdad Negahban’s “Equilibrium for Rigid Bodies” Link: University of Nebraska at Lincoln: Mehrdad Negahban’s “Equilibrium for Rigid Bodies” (PDF)
     
    Instructions: Please click on the link above and read the entire article.  This reading introduces the equations involved in the equilibrium of rigid bodies in mechanics.
     
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1.3.2 Trusses   - Reading: The Saylor Foundation’s “Trusses” Link: The Saylor Foundation’s “Trusses” (PDF)
 
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    Instructions: Please click on the link above and read the entire article.  The lecture will introduce you to mechanics involved in the design and analysis of trusses.
     
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  • Mobile App: Autodesk Inc.’s *Autodesk ForceEffect* Link: Autodesk Inc.’s Autodesk ForceEffect (iOS App) or Autodesk Inc.’s Autodesk ForceEffect (Android App)

    Instructions: Download the appropriate app for your mobile device. There are four tutorials in the app: “ForceEffect and the free body diagram,” “Why and when to use ForceEffect,” “The ForceEffect User Interface,” and “ForceEffect and how to create a diagram.” View these tutorials, and refer to them as needed as you use the app.

    Downloading this app and watching the tutorials will take you approximately 15 minutes to complete.

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  • Activity: The Saylor Foundation’s “Automated Truss Calculations” Link: The Saylor Foundation’s “Automated Truss Calculations” (PDF)

    Instructions: Please click on the link above and work through the three exercises. Compare your work with the example solutions provided here for “Problem 1” and “Problem 2”.

    Completing these activites will take you approximately 60 minutes to complete.

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1.3.3 Machines and Frames   - Reading: University of Nebraska at Lincoln: Mehrdad Negahban’s “Frames and Machines” Link: University of Nebraska at Lincoln: Mehrdad Negahban’s “Frames and Machines” (PDF)
 
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1.3.4 Friction   - Reading: University of Nebraska at Lincoln: Mehrdad Negahban’s “Dry Friction” Link: University of Nebraska at Lincoln: Mehrdad Negahban’s “Dry Friction” (PDF)
 
Instructions: Please click on the link above and read the entire article.  It will introduce you to mechanics involved in the design and analysis of rigid bodies involving friction.
 
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1.3.5 Internal Forces   - Reading: The Saylor Foundation’s “Internal Forces” Link: The Saylor Foundation’s “Internal Forces” (PDF)
 
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    Instructions: Please click on the link above and read the entire article.  It introduces the role of internal forces in mechanics.
     
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1.3.6 Wedges and Screws   - Reading: University of Nebraska at Lincoln: Mehrdad Negahban’s “Wedges and Screws” Link: University of Nebraska at Lincoln: Mehrdad Negahban’s “Wedges and Screws” (PDF)
 
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1.3.7 Belts   - Reading: University of Nebraska at Lincoln: Mehrdad Negahban’s “Belts” Link: University of Nebraska at Lincoln: Mehrdad Negahban’s “Belts” (HTML)
 
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1.3.8 Review Activities   - Activity: The Saylor Foundation’s “Subunit 1.3.8 - Review Activities” Link: The Saylor Foundation’s “Subunit 1.3.8 - Review Activities” (PDF)
 
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