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The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Mastering Statics

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology via Coursera


Course Overview:

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!


  • 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


4.8 rating, based on 35 Class Central reviews

4.7 rating at Coursera based on 149 ratings

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  • Anonymous
    The instructor really knows is topic. The class was more difficult that I expected, but I plowed thru it and learned a great deal. The weak point of the class is that the text files for each lecture is a straight computer-generated file of him speaking,...
  • Anonymous
    The course is amazing. It is very helpful for civil engineering or structure engineering in the course.
  • Anonymous
    This is one the best learning online platform.

    It is very helpful for everyone engineers and others.
  • Anonymous
    Dear Respected Teacher,
    I learned many things in this course. I never learned this important materials before of this course, especially drawing of diagrams and which portion of the frame is in tension.
    Thanks a lot.
    Wali Mohammad Mangal
  • Anonymous
    The course is an astonishing course regarding the statics lesson. So, this can be helpful for most of the beginners in this field and also for lecturers at university to teach the students.
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    Amanuel Petros Gebissa
    It has helped me revise and recall what I have learned in my undergraduate education in Civil Engineering.
  • 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 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.

    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 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
    The videos are clear and concise. They explain the topics dynamically and the exercises they solve help a lot in preparing to solve the evaluations by module. It helped me a lot to understand certain topics and reinforce my knowledge.
  • Anonymous
    TRES BON COURS .le professeur est pédagogue et le cours est interessant .
    il ne faut pas lacher , suivez jusqu ' au bout .
    bon courage
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous
    The course material was well prepared and presented.
    Very good course for people that require a refresher on statics
  • Anonymous
    I have learn so much in my classes with . He paces the class just right so you feel challenged but not overwhelmed. So many other classes you just read from a text book but in his classes asks questions and gets the students to respond which is both fun and promotes faster learning. He is patient and eager to help. I’m thrilled to have found his class!
  • Anonymous
    The only benefit with Coursera is that it has partnered with very well-known universities that provides their top courses to you on this platform. Their partnership with many renowned universities allows you to get certification in specializations or even a master’s degree
    The course was so neat and well defined, the lecturer keeps teaching with a great concern and much more interested which makes you to focus. The flow of the modules are smooth which keeps you in the way. My overall rate on this course is so far so good.
  • Anonymous
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    A complete course, with a medium-high level of difficulty. It can be improved by evaluating vector algebra concepts in detail and not complicating the sign convention in bending moment and shear diagrams.
  • Anonymous
    Great course.I would recommend every Civil engineer to do this course.Easy language & concept explained in the easiest way with the help of examples.

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