Engineering Statics (ME1213)



Recommended Book(s)

Hibbler, R. C “Engineering Mechanics, Statics And Dynamics” Pearson Prentice Hall, 11th Edition

Reference Book(s)

Engineering Mechanics, 6th Edition By Meriam & L. G. Kraige, John Wiley & Sons            

Course Objectives

Statics is a fundamental course in Mechanical Engineering. It purely emphasizes on bodies that are in Static Equilibrium (i.e. either they are at rest or moves with uniform velocity). The course of Statics is of particular significance because of the extensive use of its principle/techniques in the other core courses of mechanical engineering.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLO)

  1. CLO-1: Comprehend concepts of vectors and scalars, conditions of equilibrium for particles and rigid bodies in two and three dimensions. (C2)
  2. CLO-2: Analyze structures such as trusses, beams and frames for reaction forces. (C4)
  3. CLO-3: Explain the concepts of shear and bending moment of beams and the concepts of dry friction. (C2)

Course Contents

Course Outline

1.      Chapter 1-General Principles                                                      (0.5 Sessions)

  • Concepts of space, time, mass, velocity, acceleration and force.
  • Newton's laws of motion /gravitation.
  • Units of Measurement
  • International System of Units
  • Numerical Calculations

 2.      Chapter 2- Force Vectors                                                             (2.5 Sessions)

  • Scalars and Vectors
  • Vector Operations. Vector Addition of Forces.
  • Addition of coplanar Forces.
  • Cartesian Vectors Operations (Addition/ Subtraction).
  • Position Vectors.
  • Force Vectors Directed Along a Line
  • Dot Product.

 3.      Chapter 3- Equilibrium of a Particle                                           (2 Sessions)

  • Conditions of Equilibrium.
  • Free Body diagrams.
  • Coplanar force system.
  • 3 D Force Systems

 4.      Chapter 4- Force System Resultants                                           (5 Sessions)

  • Moment of a Force- Scalar Formulation.
  • Cross product.
  • Moment- Vector formulations.
  • Principle of Moments.
  • Moments about specified axis
  • Moment of Couple.
  • Equivalent System.
  • Resultant and Reduction of Force and Couple system.

5.      Chapter 5- Equilibrium of a Rigid Body                                     (5 Sessions)

  • Conditions of Rigid-Body Equilibrium.
  • Equilibrium in Two Dimensions and Free Body diagram.
  • Equation of Equilibrium (2D)
  • Two and Three force members.
  • Equilibrium in Three Dimensions and Free Body diagram.
  • Equation of Equilibrium (3D)
  • Constraints for a Rigid Body

 6.      Chapter 6-Structural Analysis                                                     (3 Sessions)

  • Simple Trusses.
  • The Methods of Joints.
  • Zero force members.
  • The Methods of Sections
  • Frames and machines analysis

 7.      Chapter 7- Internal Forces                                                          (4 Sessions)

  • Internal Forces Developed in Structural Members
  • Shear and Moment Equations and Diagrams
  • Cables

 8.      Chapter 8- Friction                                                                      (3 Sessions)

  • Characteristics of Dry Friction
  • Problems Involving Dry Friction
  • Wedges and Frictional Forces on Screws 

 9.      Chapter9 - Center of Gravity                                                       (3 Sessions)

  • Center of Gravity, Center of Mass of a Particle
  • Center of Gravity, Center of Mass of a Body
  • Composite Bodies

 10.  Moment of inertia                                                             (4 Sessions)

  • Moment of Inertia for Areas
  • Parallel Axis Theorem for an Area.
  • Moment of Inertia for composite Areas
  • Product of Inertia for an Area 

Mapping of CLOs to Program Learning Outcomes





PLO:1 (Engineering Knowledge)


PLO:2 (Problem Analysis)



PLO:3 (Design Development of Solutions)




PLO:4 (Investigation)




PLO:5 (Modern Tool Usage)




PLO:6 (Engineer & Society)




PLO:7 (Environment and Sustainability)




PLO:8 (Ethics)




PLO:9 (Individual & Team Work)




PLO:10 (Communication)




PLO:11 (Project Management)




PLO:12 (Life Long Learning)




Mapping of CLOs to Assessment Modules

Assessment Modules \ CLOs




Assignments (10%)




Quizzes (20%)




Class Participation (05%)




Midterm Exam (20%)




Final Exam (50%)