CIVL 211


Course Title and number

CE 035 - Statics

Catalog Description

Force systems, moments, equilibrium, centroids, and moments of inertia


MATH 007C (may be taken concurrently), M E 025, PHYS 004A
Vectors in two and three dimensions
Dot and cross product of vectors
Solution of a linear system of equations
Maximum and minimum values of functions
Differentiation and integration
Definite integrals, double and triple integrals
Surface area, volume, center of gravity, moment of inertia

Textbook and Other Required Material

J. L. Meriam, L. G. Kraige, Engineering Mechanics STATICS, 4th edition, 1997

Course Objectives

The objectives of the course are to:

  • Teach students basic knowledge of Engineering Mechanics  Statics
  • Develop student's analytic ability to apply knowledge to basic engineering statics problems
  • Encourage students to communicate their work effectively  
Topics Covered
  • Force systems  two and three dimensional force systems
  • Moments, couples and force resultants
  • Equilibrium of rigid bodies, mechanical system isolation, equilibrium conditions in two and three dimensions
  • Structures, equilibrium of plane trusses and two dimensional machines and frames
  • Dry friction and applications to wedges and screws
  • Distributed forces, centroids, center of gravity, center of mass, composite bodies
  • Moment and product of inertia and rotation of axis
  • Moment and product of inertia and rotation of composite areas


Students completing the course will be able to:

  • Determine equivalent force systems in two or three dimensions
  • Determine resultant of force systems in two or three dimensions
  • Isolate physical model of problems to apply equilibrium equations
  • Solve equilibrium of determinant physical models of rigid bodies, trusses and machines and frames
  • Isolate the model of basic dry friction phenomena and also apply to wedges and screws
  • Compute center of gravity, center of mass and centroids of one, two and three dimensional bodies
  • Compute center of gravity, center of mass and centroid of composite bodies
  • Determine the moment and product of inertia of areas by single or double integration
  • Determine the moment and product of inertia of complex areas by composite areas
  • Determine by rotation of axis the orientation of maximum and minimum moment of inertia

Class/Laboratory Schedule

One hundred minutes of lecture per week
One hundred minutes of activity per week

Contribution of Course to Meet the Professional Component

Engineering Science: Three units

This course meets the ABET criteria:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • An ability to communicate effectively

Relationship of Course to Program Objectives

The course supports the achievement of the following program objectives:

  • To provide a broad-based education in mathematics, the sciences, engineering sciences and design, and humanities and social sciences
  • To provide a rigorous, well-balanced, comprehensive and contemporary curriculum stressing fundamentals common to many fields of civil engineering, and a general education component with breadth and depth of study in the humanities and social sciences
  • To develop skills of oral and written communication, critical thinking, and leadership which are important to a successful professional life

Homework collected weekly and graded
Minimum of 8 - 30 minute quizzes during activity periods
4  50 minute tests per semester
Two hour comprehensive final exam
Survey of student's perception of learning at the end of the semester