• 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 UGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Takuya Tsuzuki
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2014
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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 regid bodies; including free body diagrams
  • Simple trusses
  • Distributed forces; centroids, centres of gravity and moments of inertia
  • Static indeterminacy and friction
  • Stress and strain concepts; including Hooke's law
  • Mechanical properties of materials
  • Axial and torsion loading
  • Bending behaviour; including shear and moment diagrams

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

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 and the construction of a bridge model subject to testing.
  5. Analyse and demonstrate the stability conditions of mechanical equilibrium.

Indicative Assessment

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

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Nominal load of 39 hours of lectures/tutorials, and additional laboratory classes.

Prescribed Texts

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

(No other text)

Preliminary Reading


Areas of Interest

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




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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
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2014 $2952
2013 $2946
2012 $2946
2011 $2946
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2009 $2850
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2007 $2298
2006 $2190
2005 $2190
2004 $2190
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7565 21 Jul 2014 01 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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