2. EGR 209: Solid Mechanics Syllabus




There are three objectives for this course. First it is important that you master the content of this course as this is the foundation for engineering analysis as well as almost all of the mechanical engineering courses that follow. Second, it is important that you master the engineering approach to problem solving. Finally, you will be expected to develop critical thinking skills by applying concepts learned in class to mechanical systems.


Dr. John Farris

Assistant Professor, School of Engineering

Office: Pad 146 OR Suite 618, Eberhard Center

Phone: 336-7267

email: farrisj@gvsu.edu

www: http://claymore.engineer.gvsu.edu


SEC A: M, T, W, F, 8-9am, PAD 168

SEC B: M, W, 10-11am, F, 9-11am, MAK 2341


Monday 1:00-3:00

Tuesday 9:00-11:00

Thursday 11:00-12:00


2.7 Engineering Mechanics; Statics (with Mathcad supplement), by R. W. Soutas-Little and D.J. Inman, Prentice Hall

2.8 Mechanics of Materials, by J.M. Gere and S.P. Timoshenko, PWS Publishing

2.9 EGR 209/210 -Statics and Solid Mechanics Lecture Notes, by H. Jack


EGR 209 students must have taken Physics 230 and Math 202


There will be a final exam. There will also be two midterm tests, each one hour in duration. All students will be expected to write tests at the scheduled time, make-up tests will be given only in the most extreme circumstances at the discretion of the instructor.


Within the first few lectures a project topic will be chosen. The selected mechanical structure will be analyzed over the term as relevant material is covered. Segments of the report will be judged acceptable (100%)/not-acceptable(0%). In the event a portion of the work is not acceptable, there will be a single chance to correct it. As with the work of a Professional Engineer, at any time your work may be reviewed, and the grade changed. The project will be kept up to date by adding to relevant web pages. The work will be done in groups of three students.


You will not be able to learn this material if you do not do problems. To encourage you to do homework in a professional manner, random samples of the assignments will be collected and graded. This homework may be collected as soon as the next class after introduction, and when collected it is due immediately. All homework solutions should be logical, concise, clear, and readable.In general the following rules should be observed,

Do all work on engineering computation paper, or on Mathcad.

Multiple page solutions should be stapled and given page numbers.

At the top of the page indicate your name, the date the work was done, and the course number.

Each problem should begin with a brief problem statement (do not copy out the question).

Free body diagrams will be required for most solutions, and should appear before the calculations.

The problem solution should be concise, logical, clear, neat, and correct.

The final answer should be clearly indicated with a box, or leader lines.

Mathcad solutions should be done entirely within Mathcad (i.e., not with a calculator or scrap paper)


The grade for this course will be determined as follows:

Exam(s) 65%

Analysis Project 15%

Homework 20%


Dates Lec.# Topic

08/30 1 Course overview: introduction to statics

2 Force scalars and vectors

3 Vector addition and subtraction

4 Particle equilibrium and force triangles

09/08 5 Projected forces with unit vectors and dot products

6 3D force vectors

09/13 7 3D particle equilibrium

8 Equilibrium and free body diagrams

9 Mechanical components

10 Axial and shear stress

09/20 11 Analysis of stress in rigid bodies

12 Oblique and generalized stress

13 Strain and Failure

14 Shear strain

09/27 Review


Midterm #1

15 Moments using components

10/04 16 Moments using cross products

17 Equilibrium of moments

18 3D Moments

19 Torsion

10/11 20 Introduction to mass properties

21 Centroids using integration

22 Centroids using composite sections

23 Parallel axis theorem

10/18 24 Moments and Forces on 3D objects

25 Equilibrium of Rigid Bodies

26 Stress failure

27 Loading and Factor of Safety

10/25 28 Strain failure


Midterm #2

29 Introduction to Truss Analysis and Project

11/01 30 Method of members for machine frames

31 Method of sections

32 Method of joints

33 Review of Trusses and Frames

11/08 34 Internal forces in members and beams

35 Simple bending and shear

36 P, V, M diagrams

37 Normal, shear and bearing stress

11/15 38 Moments of inertia

39 Pure bending

40 Transverse Loading

41 Introduction to friction

11/22 42 Wedge friction

43 Belt friction



11/29 Bridge Testing


12/06 Review



(Section A: Mon., 13, Dec., 1999, 8-10am)

(Section B: Tues., 14, Dec., 1999, 12-2pm)


The chart below shows how the numerical grades in the course will be converted to letter grades.

A 93-100%

A- 90-92%

B+ 87-89%

B 83-86%

B- 80-82%

C+ 77-79%

C 73-76%

C 70-72%

D+ 67-69%

D 60-66%

F 0-59%

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