Mechanics courses tend to provide engineering students with a precise, mathematical, but less than engaging experience. Students often view the traditional approach as a mysterious body of facts and “tricks” that allow idealized cases to be solved. When confronted with more realistic systems, they are often at a loss as to how to proceed. To address this issue, this course empowers students to tackle meaningful problems at an early stage in their studies.
Engineering Mechanics: Statics, First Edition begins with a readable overview of the concepts of mechanics. Important equations are introduced, but the emphasis is on developing a “feel” for forces and moments, and for how loads are transferred through structures and machines. From that foundation, the course helps lay a motivational framework for students to build their skills in solving engineering problems.
4. Modeling Systems with Free-Body Diagrams
5. Mechanical Equilibrium
6. Distributed Force
7. Dry Friction and Rolling Resistance
8. Member Loads in Trusses
9. Member Loads in Frames and Machines
10. Internal Loads in Beams
11. Internal Loads in Cables
To address student learning and mastery challenges, Engineering Mechanics: STATICS provides:
- ORION FOUNDATIONS:
An adaptive practice system that helps students build their proficiency on important prerequisite math and physics topics and use their study time most effectively.
- Diagnostic assessment before each new chapter: Students can gauge their readiness for each new chapter—and what they may need to review further—with a brief diagnostic quiz.
- A consistent instructional cadence of tell, show, do: For each new major concept within a chapter, students will read or watch a passage that develops it, then see solved examples that apply it, and finally have an opportunity to master it through progressive, interactive exercises.
- Scaffolded learning:
Practice exercises and a selection of homework problems will use techniques such as hints, partial solutions, feedback on common mistakes, and progressive complexity to build student confidence and reinforce skills.
- Optional pathways and resources: The course supports differences in students’ ideal learning styles. For example, they will be able to choose a preferred pathway through the conceptual and example content: video, textual, or a mixture of both. All practice exercises will be available to students for self-study, even if they are not formally assigned by instructors for assessment.
Additional instructor resources
- Animations and simulations: including lecture and example videos that enhance visualization skills and allow “what if” analysis is available in WileyPLUS.
- Solutions manual: Typed solutions to all exercises, using the same solution procedure as the worked examples.
- Electronic figures: All figures from the text are available electronically for use in creating your own lectures.
Additional student resources
- The text website www.wiley.com/college/sheppard includes answers to selected exercises from the text to help students check that they have solved the exercises correctly.
Development of structured problem-solving procedures: A consistent analysis procedure is introduced early in the online course and used consistently throughout all worked examples. Several key steps are emphasized, including explicitly listing Assumptions made, and the importance of Draw and Check as part of the solution.
Analyzing dynamic motion with computers: Throughout the book, examples and exercises make use of computational approaches. Exercises that require the computer are labeled Computational, making it easy for the instructor to locate.
Application of principles to engineering systems: System Analysis (SA) Exercises offer students the opportunity to apply mechanics principles to broader systems. These exercises are more open-ended than those in other parts of the course, and can have more than one correct answer.
Inclusion of useful study tools: Learning Objectives open each chapter. “Just the Facts” sections at the end of each chapter summarize key terms, key equations, and key concepts. Key equations are highlighted in yellow and key terms in bold blue type when they first appear.