• Offered by Research School of Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Areas of interest Materials Science, Mathematics, Physics, Engineering, Mechatronics More...
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Jose Zapata Fuentealba
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2017
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This course introduces the fundamental principles in mechanics. Structural design applications of a variety of problems are developed throughout the course using examples that elucidate the theory of mechanics. The primary aim of this course is to provide a solid foundation for students in the field of mechanical engineering. Specific topics include:

  • Statics of particles; forces in a plane and in space
  • Equivalent systems of forces; Cartesian vector and vector operations
  • Equilibrium of rigid bodies; including free body diagrams
  • Simple trusses
  • Distributed forces; centroids, centres of gravity and moments of inertia
  • Static indeterminacy and friction
  • Internal forces; including shear and moment diagrams

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to-

  1. Identify and manipulate forces and their resultants in one- two- and three dimensions.
  2. Recognise and classify moments and couples created by forces.
  3. Employ mechanical equilibrium and free body diagrams to solve mechanical statics problems, including bending moment diagrams.
  4. Acquire skills for testing the bending of a beam and the construction of a bridge model subject to testing.
  5. Analyse and demonstrate the stability conditions of mechanical equilibrium.
  6. Define and evaluate the fundamentals of mechanical testing of materials (tension, compression, shear).
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Indicative Assessment

Online assignments (16%); Mid semester exam (14%); Bridge competition (20%); Final exam (40%); Lab assignments (10%)

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Workload

A standard workload of approximately 10 hours per week, including 4-5 contact
hours (lectures, tutorials, laboratories) as well as time for preparation, assignments
and independent reading.

Prescribed Texts

Engineering Mechanics STATICS, 13th edition, R.C. Hibbeler

(No other text)

Preliminary Reading

None

Areas of Interest

  • Materials Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Engineering
  • Mechatronics
  • Materials
  • Mechanical
  • Renewable Energy
  • Biotechnology
  • Energy Change

Majors

Minors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $3852
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $5130
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
7820 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person

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