STATICS 
CVEN 221 Section 502
The Art of Making Things Sit Still
Course Syllabus  Spring 2010
TR 2:20  4:10 in
CVEN Room 110
What's wrong with this picture? (Rube Goldberg was not statics savvy)
What really happens: Weight of cannon ball on unbalanced lever rotates lever, dropping cannon ball on ground hog, killing it instantly. Golfer unfortunately also killed when entire mechanism rotates clockwise, impacting right end on ground, dynamically transmitting reacting force to left end of mechanism, snapping golfer's neck. Adding insult to injury, impact bends gun barrel such that tee projectile wounds local video reporter on scene. Reporter taken to hospital, reports animal rights violation to ASPCA who call Animal Cops. Video of crime goes viral on YouTube. Riots break out. Golfing banned.
The gentleman shown here made a D in my statics class last semester.
Please note that although your grade in CVEN 221 will be highly influenced by your ability to do everything covered in the class, you MUST be able to find forces in trusses by the methods of joints and sections, you MUST be able to calculate reactions on beams, you MUST be able to draw shear and moment diagrams, and you MUST be able to find the centroid and moment of inertia of plane composite sections, or you will not pass. These things are critical and your professors teaching later courses will flunk you and pillory me if you go into their class unable to perform to this minimum level of competency.
Help for this course is available from the people shown
below, at the office hours listed only.
Professor of Record: Lee L. Lowery, Jr., PhD, P.E.
Office: Old CE Building, Room 139C Phone: 8454395 (Office), 7755401 (Home) email: Lowery@tamu.edu Office Hours:
I try and keep my
calendar up to date, and to add unexpected meetings as they arise.
However, it will always be in your best interest to call before you come
by, unless you are already in the area. 
Teaching Associate: Sandeep Ghorawat
Office:
Civil Engineering Room 010 Office Desk: Has "221" sign over desk Office Phone: Office hours:

Textbook: The textbook is excellent  one of the best:
Looking for a used textbook? The ISBN Number is 0136077900 or 9780136077909
Catalog Description:
Application of the fundamental principles of Newtonian mechanics to the statics of particles and the equilibrium of trusses, frames, beams and other rigid bodies. Forces; moments; trusses; beams; free body diagrams; friction; equilibrium; first and second moments of lines, areas, and volumes; centers of pressure, mass, and gravity; and moments of inertia. Vector algebra and calculus are used. Prerequisites: Admission to a major sequence in Civil Engineering; MATH 251 or 253, or registration therein; PHYS 218.
Course Objectives:
Learning Outcomes
Course Prerequisites:
To take CVEN 221, you must have been admitted to upper level in Civil Engineering, and have received a passing grade (no D's, F's or I's) in PHYS 218, and have completed or be registered in MATH 251 or MATH 253.
Course Assessment:
Syllabus Information  Please Read:
Resources available to the student:
The correct time (to the nanosecond)
Topics Covered:
Date 
Class No. 
Material in this column will be covered from the Riley text. NOTE! Read all hyperlinked syllabus material listed at the bottom of this page. Note that the page coverage listed below is approximate, depending on our ability to cover the materials. 
Homework
Assignments 
Tue 1/19 
1 
General Principles Reading assignment Sections 1.11.6 Mechanics, Fundamental Concepts, Units of Measurement, The International System of Units, Numerical Calculations, General Procedure for Analysis 
MANDATORY! Click here to begin course.
Homework Problems No, sorry, you get zero credit for working the wrong problem. None at all.
Chapter 1, Special Problems

Thu 1/21 
2 
Concurrent Force Systems Force Vectors Reading assignment Sections 2.12.8 Scalars and Vectors, Vector Operations, Vector Addition of Forces, Addition of a System of Coplanar Forces, Cartesian Vectors, Addition of Cartesian Vectors, Position Vectors, Force Vector Directed Along a Line 
Homework Problems Chapter 2 Regular Problems 4, 17, 30, 32, 38, 75, 80, 90, 96 Due Class 4 
Tue 1/26 
3  Equilibrium
of a particle Reading assignment Sections 3.13.3 Condition for the Equilibrium of a Particle, The FreeBody Diagram, Coplanar Force Systems 
Homework Problems Chapter 3 Regular Problems 2, 4, 6, 9, 13, 15, 17, 23 Due Class 5 
Thu 1/28 
4 
Threedimensional force systems Reading assignment Section 3.4 ThreeDimensional Force Systems 
Homework Problems Chapter 3 Regular Problems 45, 47, 49, 55, 60, 63 Due Class 6 
Tue 2/2 
5 
Force system resultants Reading assignment Sections 4.14.4 Moment of a ForceScalar Formulation, Cross Product, Moment of a ForceVector Formulation, Principle of Moments Help on cross products 1 Help on cross products 2 Help on cross product and torque 
Homework Problems Chapter 4 Fundamental Problems 1, 4, 7, 11, 12 and Chapter 4 Regular Problems 5, 6, 31, 43, 46 Due Class 7 
Thu 2/4 
6 
Force system resultants Moment of force about specific axis Reading assignment Sections 4.54.6 Moment of a Force about a Specified Axis, Moment of a Couple Force Components Matrix Operations Help on dot product 1 
Homework Problems Chapter 4 Fundamental Problems 14, 17, 18, 19, 24 and Chapter 4 Regular Problems 56, 69, 73, 85 Due Class 8 
Tue 2/9 
7 
Force system resultants Simplification of forces and couples Reading assignment Sections 4.74.9 Simplification of a Force and Couple System, Further Simplification of a Force and Couple System, Reduction of a Simple Distributed Loading 
Homework Problems Chapter 4 Fundamental Problems 25,29,31,35,37,38,42 Chapter 4 Regular Problems 144, 146 Due Class 9 
Thu 2/11 
8 
Centroids and Center of Gravity Reading assignment Sections 9.19.2 Center of Gravity, Center of Mass, and the Centroid of a Body, Composite Bodies 
Homework Problems Chapter 9 Fundamental Problems 1,2,5,7,8,11 Chapter 9 Regular Problems 9,15,55,60 Due Class 10 
Tue 2/16 
9 
Centroids and Center of Gravity Reading assignment Sections 9.39.5 Theorems of Pappus and Guldinus, Resultant of a General Distributed Loading, Fluid Pressure 
Homework Problems Chapter 9 Fundamental Problems 13,15,17,19,21 Chapter 9 Regular Problems 88,90,91,116 Due Class 11 
Thu 2/18 
10  Moments of
inertia Reading assignment Sections 10.110.3 Definition of Moments of Inertia for Areas, ParallelAxis Theorem for an Area, Radius of Gyration of an Area 
Homework Problems Chapter 10 Fundamental Problems 1,2,3,4 Chapter 10 Regular Problems 3,4,5,6 Due Class 12 
Tue 2/23 
11  Moments of
inertia Reading assignment Section 10.4 Moments of Inertia for Composite Areas 
Homework Problems Chapter 10 Fundamental Problems 5,6,7,8 Chapter 10 Regular Problems 33,34,37,38,48 Due Class 13 
Thu 2/25 
12 
Equilibrium of Rigid Bodies Reading assignment Sections 5.15.2 Conditions for RigidBody Equilibrium, FreeBody Diagrams 
Homework
Problems Chapter 5 Regular Problems 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 Due Class 14 (Yep, Class 14) 
Tue 3/2 
13 
Equilibrium of Rigid Bodies Reading assignment Sections 5.35.4 Equations of Equilibrium, Two and ThreeForce Members 
Homework Problems Chapter 5 Fundamental Problems 1,2,3,04 Chapter 5 Regular Problems 19,21,27 Due Class 15 
Thu 3/4 
14 
Equilibrium in Three Dimensions
Quiz A  Held in CE 110 
Homework Problems Chapter 5 Regular Problems 35,42,59 Due Class 16 The only material permitted on Quiz A will be one 81/2x11 sheet of formulas, one side only, no example problems. The centroid table will be included with the exam if needed. You need not bring it. (NEXT SEMESTER  Not Fall 2010 semester) You are also permitted to bring a copy of the Fundamentals of Engineering Reference Manual, Statics section only. Click here for a copy.) 
Tue 3/9 
15  Equations
of Equilibrium Reading assignment Sections 5.65.7 Equations of Equilibrium, Constraints and Statical Determinacy 
Homework Problems Chapter 5 Fundamental Problems 7,9,12 Chapter 5 Regular Problems 71,76 Due Class 17 
Thu 3/11 
16 
Trusses Reading assignment Sections 6.16.3 Simple trusses, Method of joints, Zeroforce members 
Homework Problems Chapter 6 Fundamental Problems 1,2,3,5 Chapter 6 Regular Problems 7, 9,15,25,30 Due Class 18 
Tue 3/23 
17 
Trusses Reading assignment Section 6.4 Method of Sections 
Homework Problems Chapter 6 Fundamental Problems 7,9,11,12 Chapter 6 Regular Problems 31,35,37,43 Due Class 19 
Thu 3/25 
18 
Space trusses Reading assignment Section 6.5 Space trusses 
Homework
Problems Chapter 6 Regular Problems 55,57,59,64 Due class 20 
Tue 3/30 
19 
Frames, and Machines Reading assignment Section 6.6 
Homework
Problems Chapter 6 Fundamental Problems 13,16,18 Chapter 6 Regular Problems 67,71,74,76,78,84 Due class 21 (Yep, Class 21) 
Thu 4/1 
20 
Internal member forces Reading assignment Section 7.1 Internal Forces, Developed in Structural Members 
Homework Problems Chapter 7 Fundamental Problems F7 1,3,4,5,6 Chapter 7 Regular Problems 5,12,14,22,37 Due class 22 
Tue 4/6 
21 
Shear and Bending Moment Diagrams
Reading assignment Practice with shear and moment diagrams
Covered in about the first half of class:
Shear and Moment Equations and
Quiz B  Held in CE 118 
Homework Problems Chapter 7 Fundamental Problems 8,11,12 Chapter 7 Regular Problems 42,43,46,49,51,53,61 Due class 23 The only material permitted on Quiz B will be one 81/2x11 sheet of formulas, both sides, no example problems. The centroid table from the back page of the book will be included with the exam if needed. You need not bring it. (NEXT SEMESTER  Not Fall 2010 semester)  You are also permitted to bring a copy of the Fundamentals of Engineering Reference Manual, Statics section only. Click here for a copy.) 
Thu 4/8 
22 
Internal Forces in Structural Members Reading assignment Section 7.2 Shear and Moment Equations and Diagrams 
Homework Problems Chapter 7 Fundamental Problems 13,14,15,18; Chapter 7 Regular Problems 68,73,74,78,84,87 Due class 24 
Tue 4/13 
23 
Internal Forces in Structural Members Reading assignment Section 7.3 Relations between Distributed Load, Shear, and Moment 
Homework
Problem Chapter 7 Regular Problems 65,66,70,72 Due class 25 
Thu 4/15 
24 
Internal Forces in Structural Members Reading assignment Section 7.3 Relations between Distributed Load, Shear, and Moment 
Homework Problems Chapter 7 Regular Problems 75,76,79,82 Due class 26 
Tue 4/20 
25 
Cables Reading assignment Sections 7.4 
Homework Problems Chapter 7 Regular Problems 89,90,91,93,94,96,98 Due class 27 
Thu 4/22 
26 
Dry Friction Reading assignment Section 8.18.2 
Homework Problems Chapter 8 Fundamental Problems 1,2,3,4,5; Chapter 8 Regular Problems 1,3,4,6,8 Due class 28 
Tue 4/27 
27 
Dry Friction, Wedges Sections 8.28.3 
Homework Problems Chapter 8 Regular Problems 9,10, 17,18,25,27,65,66,70 Due class 28 (yep, class 28) 
Thu 4/29 
28  Review for final exam  Fully understand what we covered today and be prepared to work similar
problems on the Final Exam. Pick up any homework you missed at my office. 

Final Exam covers everything in the course, with emphasis on the last material over which you have not yet been examined. Held on Wednesday, May 12th, 2010 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in room 110 CHECK THIS DATE AND TIME FOR ACCURACY: 
The
final
exam will be open textbook (Hibbeler). It will cover everything in the course with emphasis on the material
covered since the
last major exam. The distribution of material is planned to be approximately:
20%
over Quiz A materials, 20% Quiz B, and 60% over the material covered since Quiz B.
(NEXT SEMESTER  Not
Fall 2010 semester  You are also permitted to bring a copy of the
Fundamentals of Engineering Reference Manual, Statics section only.
Click here for a copy.) 
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