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# Introduction to Engineering Mechanics

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• Provider Coursera
• Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
• Session Upcoming
• Language English
• Certificate Paid Certificate Available
• Effort 5-7 hours a week
• Start Date
• Duration 5 weeks long

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## Overview

This course is an introduction to learning and applying the principles required to solve engineering mechanics problems. Concepts will be applied in this course from previous courses you have taken in basic math and physics. The course addresses the modeling and analysis of static equilibrium problems with an emphasis on real world engineering applications and problem solving.

The copyright of all content and materials in this course are owned by either the Georgia Tech Research Corporation or Dr. Wayne Whiteman. By participating in the course or using the content or materials, whether in whole or in part, you agree that you may download and use any content and/or material in this course for your own personal, non-commercial use only in a manner consistent with a student of any academic course. Any other use of the content and materials, including use by other academic universities or entities, is prohibited without express written permission of the Georgia Tech Research Corporation. Interested parties may contact Dr. Wayne Whiteman directly for information regarding the procedure to obtain a non-exclusive license.

## Syllabus

Forces and Particle Equilibrium
-In this section, students will learn the definition of a force and how to represent a force as a vector in two (2D) and three (3D) dimensions. Students will learn the concept of particle equilibrium and equilibrium of systems of particles. Concepts will be reinforced with example problems.

Define and Calculate Moments
-In this section, students will learn the definition of a moment. Students will calculate the moment of a force about a point, line or axis, and moment due to a couple.

Equilibrium and Equivalence of Force Systems
-In this section, students will learn the equilibrium equations in two (2D) and three (3D) dimensions. Students will solve equivalent system problems. System force results will be defined and calculated.

Free Body Diagrams and Equilibrium Analysis Techniques
-In this section, students will learn to analyze general equilibrium problems. Free Body Diagrams (FBD) will be defined. Concepts will be reinforced with example problems.

Application of Static Equilibrium Equations
-In this section, students will apply the equilibrium equations to solve two (2D) and three (3D) real world engineering problems. There will be an extensive use of example problems to reinforce concepts from the course.

#### Taught by

Dr. Wayne E. Whiteman

## Reviews for Coursera's Introduction to Engineering Mechanics 4.7 Based on 120 reviews

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Anonymous
3.0 a year ago
completed this course.
I have learned things in the course that I did not know about statics and that was my intent. Except for mistakes, the lectures are very good. I would not be against actually taking courses from this instructor.

I was very put off by the lack of formal practice problem answers and solutions. I almost quit after first batch of practice problems when other student postings were only source of answers. I find forums an absolute appalling way to obtain any form of information especially respective of time. In some of the course I find the assigned practice problems a bit off of the initial subject line. How about some problems directly related to the topic of lecture to affirm understanding before additional challenges.

The statics book of the 80s was the Beer & Johnston text (University of Arizona). I find it unusual that the older book has no matrix mathematics in it. The entire text uses trig and scalars.
Anonymous
4.0 2 years ago
completed this course.
It was a great experience to do this course with Dr. Wayne E. Whiteman ( from Georgia Institute of Technology-a great institute too), I highly recommend these types of courses, at least you summarize the important ideas, and get familiar with e-learning.

pros:

1-abbreviated, time effective learning

2- Dr Whiteman has easy to understand language besides straight forward attitude of explaining subjects

cons:

1- I found the course to be a little easy (it's just an introduction as stated)

2- I hope to see like more animation or real life videos.

last word, thanks for all (class-central website,Georgia Institute and Dr Whiteman), you for sure will not waste your time here.

best regards
Anonymous
5.0 a year ago
completed this course.
I am a Mechanical Engineer and like most of them engineers, I had very weak concepts of basics of Mechanical Engineering. Then I came across this series of courses from Dr. Whiteman and believe me or not, I have learned more from him than my 4 years at an engineering university. He has this amazing quality of delivering the concepts in a very easy, understandable way. I really want to thank Dr. Whiteman for designing this amazing course and Coursera for providing us the platform to learn. They are really serving the humanity and mankind.

As for Dr. Whiteman. I would say Thank you, Sir!!!!

You have my respect for the lifetime.
Monde M
5.0 a year ago
completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
At least half of this course was revision for me as a former Cambridge A-Level Maths Teacher (Cambridge International Examinations). The other half constituted some very interesting topics which Prof Whiteman explains really well. He has a way of getting into the crux of the matter in a very effective and concise style. I have also completed Applications in Engineering Mechanics and had a great deal of fun with that course as well. If you get yourself a copy of the recommended text - Engineering Mechanics by W.W. King and D.J. McGill, you will increase of chances of doing well in the course.
Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
completed this course.
I took this to learn basic fundamentals principles right as I took mechanics of materials first. This one covers statics. It's up to anyone to decide their sequence of study but grasping basics is important to mastering of more advanced concepts later as long as one doesn't get fogged out. As with all videos produced with Dr Wayne, the high quality video productions are interspersed with quiz exercises to challenge one's own learning pace. The delivery in the video production made effort to engage and relate to the interested beginner.
Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
completed this course.
Thank you very much Dr. White man. This course with your clear teaching style and explanations have made me to understand a lot of basic engineering principles. Not many students, like me, get the opportunity to learn in world's top universities. But because of the power of internet and generous people like you, who are willing to share knowledge and educate, we get to experience such top quality learnings. Once again, thank you for your great work...!
Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
completed this course.
I've only completed part of the course so far (taken as a refresher), I will completing the rest in the coming weeks. I found the pace of teaching and Dr Whiteman's delivery excellent.

Whilst it's only an introductory course, mechanics can be complex if not fully explained.

I found the explanations, examples and method of delivery useful, interactive and challenging.

No hesitation in recommending this course
Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
completed this course.
Hello there!

I am Roboticst with CS and Electronics background. I had a lot of problem communicating with fellow roboticts when I would discuss something related to mechanics of a robot with them. The great thing for me is, that I am becomin able to communicate well enough with the mechanical engineers on team now.
Anonymous
2.0 a year ago
is taking this course right now.
Perhaps I've misunderstood, but it seems to me that this class is less about engineering mechanics as it is a class about basic physics. The topics it tries to teach use proper vocabulary, which I appreciate, but it more so convolutes concepts otherwise elementary, especially so when these terms are introduced so early and abruptly.
Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
completed this course.
I am a high school teacher who wanted to review some engineering principles before teaching the ideas at the secondary level. Engineering is being taught in more and more high schools across the country. This is a great way to build your background knowledge that will make your own class better.
Anonymous
5.0 a year ago
completed this course.
Great course that helps one get familiar with the lingo and the methods of engineering mechanics. The questions can be a bit tough at times, and the diagrams are slightly unclear though, especially in the exam questions. Nonetheless the course itself is particularly interesting.
Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
completed this course.
Dr. Whiteman is outstanding at explaining the concepts he is teaching. He doesn't breeze through the material, but rather really explains how and why I can and should learn the material. I only completed parts of his courses, only because engineering is not the field I'm in and I keep getting pulled away from consistent and continuous learning. Dr. Whiteman's lectures are some of the best I've seen on the various MOOC sites, and I hope to come back to them soon.
Anonymous
5.0 a year ago
is taking this course right now.
I think that the course does a very good job of teaching the subject which is really statics. I liked the videos and the example problems. This gives a good foundation for statics learning including using new mathematics to me, unit vectors, cross products, and dot products. The course builds the subject nicely. Overall this couse really helped me and with continued reading helped me to fully understand the subject which is fairly difficult.
Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
completed this course.
Having completed Dr. Whiteman's amazing 4-pack of engineering statics and dynamics courses, I have gained valuable insight into how the physical world works, clearly framed in the language of math and physics; opportunities present themselves every day to apply my newfound knowledge.

Dr. Whiteman, if I ever get invited to Augusta you will be the first person I recommend to fill the foursome!
Luis P
5.0 2 years ago
by completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
I honestly can't understand this course having such a low rating. Unfortunately, several of the one-star reviews are by morons that either dropped the course or found it too difficult.

Coming from a metallurgy background, I did not have a lot of mechanical engineering training. This course was excellent both as a math refresher and a relatable approach to simple applications
John K
5.0 2 years ago
by completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Hi Team, although I never finished this unit, I will come back and complete it.

Life just got in the way. Having said that as an instructor in my day to day life I found the method of teaching and the way it was delivered to be world class. If you are interested in Engineering... this is a great starting place.

John Knight B Comm (EC IT) GMDSS TAE

Anonymous
4.0 2 years ago
completed this course.
Overall a good course. The material is covered slowly in increments, which makes it quite easy to follow along. Concepts are presented in an easy-to-understand way. There are a couple of mistakes in the videos, but they have been annotated, so there is no real confusion. I would recommend his course to people wanting to learn about Mechanics!
Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
completed this course.
Dr. Whiteman is really good at conveying complex concepts and formulations in simple, easy to understand languages, and the demos and real life examples make the class very interesting. I would highly recommend Dr. Whiteman's online courses to everyone who is interested in pursuing mechanical engineering as his/her profession.
Anonymous
5.0 a year ago
completed this course.
I would like to thank a lot Dr. Wayne Whiteman for his time and efforts to make this MOOC a success for students interested in modeling, analyzing and understanding mechanical structures.

I would also to recommend this course for all students and learners interested in this field of physics and technology.

Anonymous
5.0 a year ago
completed this course.
Very very good introductory course to statics. the lectures are all clear, the key concepts are explained in an excellent way and the preactice problems good selected.

unless I don't pass the final exam I learn enough for take the second parr of the subject "applications on engineering mechanics"