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Online Course

Mastering Statics

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology via Coursera

Overview

Course Overview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdom7zBIfkE

Statics is the most fundamental course in Mechanics.

In this course, you will learn the conditions under which an object or a structure subjected to time-invariant (static) forces is in equilibrium - i.e. the conditions under which it remains stationary or moves with a constant velocity-.

You will also learn how to calculate the reaction forces as well as the internal forces experienced throughout the structure so that later you can properly design and size the foundation and the members of the structure to assure the structure’s safety and serviceability.

This course is suitable for learners with interest in different Engineering disciplines such as civil engineering, architecture, mechanical engineering, aerospace.

Non engineering disciplines may also find the course very useful, from archaeologist who are concerned about the stability of their excavation sites to dentists interested in understanding the forces transmitted through dental bridges, to orthopedic surgeons concerned about the forces transmitted through the spine, or a hip or knee joint.

The content will be primarily delivered using light board. Prof. Katafygiotis is going to write and sketch with color markers directly on the board while facing you. You will have an exciting and interactive learning experience online!

Syllabus

Understanding Forces and Moments
-This module introduces the basic operations that learners need to know in order to solve statics problems, we will start by reviewing Newton’s Laws, then introduce Forces and Moments and provide an overview of the vector algebra that governs their operations.

Equivalent Systems of Forces and Equilibrium
-We will study the effect of a system of forces and couples acting on a rigid body and will state the conditions of equilibrium for particles, rigid bodies and assemblies of rigid bodies. The number of independent number of equations that are necessary and sufficient for satisfying equilibrium will be clearly stated.

Stability and Static Determinacy
-We will discuss the important notions of stability and static determinacy. These are concepts that often are not presented clearly enough in some of the textbooks, causing confusion to students.

Trusses
-Trusses are in a sense the simplest structures to analyze, used widely in structures such as bridges, industrial roofs, and cranes. We are going to introduce two methods of analysis, namely the method of joints and the method of sections to determine the member internal forces. In addition, we will study a computer-aided method for analyzing trusses.

Area properties and Moments of Inertia
-To be able to deal with more complicated structures and loading scenarios, we will learn how to replace a distributed loading with an equivalent concentrated one using its geometric properties, such as its area and centroid coordinates. We will also learn how to calculate moments of inertia about specific coordinate axes and how to calculate their corresponding values about another translated and rotated system of axes.

Internal Force Diagrams
-We will get to the most important part, which is analyzing frames and beams to calculate their internal forces and to draw axial, shear and moment diagrams. Contrary to most textbook presentations, we will adopt a notation that is universally adopted by engineers when using moment diagrams.

Static Analysis of a Structure
-In this module, learners will be presented two examples of complex frames for static analysis. Learners should be able to apply what they have learnt in the previous module, calculate and plot the internal force diagrams. By the end of this module. students will be able to correctly draw axial shear and bending moment diagrams of rather complicated frames.

Taught by

Lambros Katafygiotis

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Reviews

4.8 rating, based on 13 reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    A great course helped me alot really big thanks to professor Lmabros S. Katafygiotis , During the corona visrus ( COVID - 19) pandemic it became hard for me to learn statics as the college did not provide a good course for online studying but i searched online and found this free corse and it really saved me thanks again professor hope you have good time and stay safe.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    Good detailed and clear explanation provided by the Professor. Easy to understand and the quality of video was best I have experienced. I encourage everyone to take the course and master your statics.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    Being engineering student it's difficult to understand the topics and lessons like this course statics. this course is one of my difficult Subject in engineering that's why I chose this course to enhance my mathematical ability and more techniques to learn about solving problems in this course. thank you very much Hong Kong University science and technology in great job done in teaching mastering statics.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    A great course helped me alot really big thanks to professor Lmabros S. Katafygiotis , During the corona visrus ( COVID - 19) pandemic it became hard for me to learn statics as the college did not provide a good course for online studying but i searched online and found this free corse and it really saved me thanks again professor hope you have good time and stay safe.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The course taught by the professor is too good. It starts from the basics and covers the whole statics and all the concepts taught can be directly applied wherever applicable. I thank professor for this course. Except for some (1 or 2 ) mistakes in quizzes rest of the things are fine.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Good detailed and clear explanation provided by the Professor. Easy to understand and the quality of video was best I have experienced. I encourage everyone to take the course and master your statics.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    these course is awesome and interesting to do various type of problems and to increase knowledge. i have refereed to number of text books and the lectures are very good and explanation of basics is excellent.
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    Jeramie Lee

    Jeramie Lee completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.

    I think that this course really helps you ton understand how the simple structure being stable or not. It is very helpful for civil engineering or structure engineering in the unveristy course.
  • ΚΥΡΙΑΚΟΣ ΦΙΛΙΟΠΟΥΛΟΣ

    ΚΥΡΙΑΚΟΣ ΦΙΛΙΟΠΟΥΛΟΣ completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.

    This course is suitable for learners with interest in different Engineering disciplines such as civil engineering, architecture, mechanical engineering, aerospace.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The course is pretty exhaustive but I would have appreciated more if it covered Torsion as well. But within its content, the topics are nicely explained.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This course was very good because it helped me to better understand the structures.

    I recommend that students take this course to achieve a better learning.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    Thank u very much sir for providing new advance course coursers during lock down period we learn so many things from course regarding statics
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    It’s so helpful for the student to learn online and gain a lot of knowledge at home only also most important getting the certificate

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