PHYSICS 20-806-232

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 engineering degrees.

This class transfers to UW-Madison as EMA 201, to UW-Platteville as GE 2130, and to UW-Milwaukee as CE 201.

- Syllabus for Fall 2019 (pdf)
- Coordinator: Archie Paulson
- registration information
- Pre-requisite is Calculus & Analytic Geometry 2 (or concurrent registration). Some Physics experience is recommended.
- Tentative Course Schedule

- Textbook
- 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 Chegg.com or GetTextbooks.com). 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- Python is a programming language which can help you do homework and be a powerful tool to learn for your future.
- Learn about how to use IPython here.
- Learn how to start your own IPython here.
- Statics IPy notebooks with some textbook problem solutions are available to you.

- 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.

*Last modified: February 2020*