At Christian Brothers University, CE 201 (Statics) is a three-credit-hour sophomore-level engineering course that is required by most ABET-accredited engineering programs. It is the foundation course for most civil and mechanical engineering analysis and design topics. Thus, it is a key course for the success of engineers. Statics deals with topics such as coplanar and non-coplanar force systems; equilibrium of force systems; rotations; analysis of trusses, frames, and machines; friction between contacting surfaces; centroids and moment of inertia of linear segments, areas, and volumes. The prerequisite is Calculus-based Physics I, which is designated as PHYS 150 at CBU.
There are several assignment groups in this course that are intended to assess student learning outcomes. These include the following categories: Homework, Problem Sets, Projects, Quizzes, Mid-Term Exam, and Final Exam. The course syllabus gives a more detailed description of each of these assignment groups.
Attainment of Course Objectives are measured by the assessment mechanisms of: Homework, Quizzes, Projects, Problem Sets, the Mid-Term Exam, and the Final Exam. At the conclusion of this course, with at least 70% accuracy, the student will be able to:
A. Evaluate planar and non-planar vector systems
B. Ensure that particles subject to planar and non-planar forces are in equilibrium
C. Ensure that 2D and 3D rigid bodies subject to forces and moments are in equilibrium
D. Determine internal forces in truss systems
E. Determine internal forces and moments in beam and frame structures
F. Determine friction forces between contacting surfaces
G. Compute the centroid and moment of inertia for different shapes and solid objects