Course Information for prospective and future students
Welcome to Statics at Madison College...!
I'm Dr. Archie Paulson,
the course coordinator. John Grade is teaching the class in Spring 2020.
Statics is the study of particle and rigid body equilibrium. This class will
give students the mathematical and analytical tools required to calculate
forces transmitted to different parts of a structure, given a set of loads
acting on it. A course in Statics is a fundamental component of many
This class transfers to UW-Madison
as EMA 201, to UW-Platteville as GE 2130, and to
UW-Milwaukee as CE 201.
- Engineering Mechanics: Statics 14 ed by Hibbeler. The text is required.
It is also used at UW-Platteville.
- This text provided by the College textbook rental program.
- You may also find used textbooks fairly cheap from various vendors online (such as
Having your own copy of the book is a good option if you plan to continue in engineering, as it will
become a valuable resource for you in the future.
- Problem Sets on Mastering Engineering
- Homework will be assigned via
Mastering Engineering. Problems are from the textbook.
- You may register directly at Mastering Engineering.
Our bookstore also sells cards with a Mastering Engineering access code.
- Students may optionally choose to use the IPython computational environment
Preparing for Statics
- A common point of difficulty is poor preparation in vector arithmetic.
- Check this summary page for vector operations.
If these equations are not
familiar to you, please review Chapter 2 Vectors.
- It is also recommended that you get familiar with a software environment such
as IPython (discussed above) or MATLAB.
-- Archie Paulson
Last modified: February 2020