Courses Catalogue

Engineering Mechanics I

COURSE CODE: MEC1203
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 4
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Mechanical Engineering, Bsc
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description

The course introduces engineering students to the analysis of  basic static  and dynamic

objects and systems encountered in engineering practice. It introduces force systems, simple structural elements, and principles of work and energy.

COURSE JUSTIFICATION/RATIONALE:

To develop the ability, in the engineering student, to understand, formulate, and solve a given problem in a logical manner and to apply it to solve a few basic problems in engineering mechanics

COURSE OBJECTIVES

At the end of this course, the student should be able to:

  •   Outline basic engineering mechanics (statics and dynamics) concepts required for analyzing static structures
  •   Apply pertinent mathematical, physical and engineering mechanical principles to the system to solve and analyze the problem.
  •   Outline the meaning of centers of gravity (mass)/centroids and moments of Inertia using integration methods.
  •     Communicate the solution to all problems in an organized and coherent manner and elucidate the meaning of the solution in the context of the problem.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

A student on completing this course is expected to:

  •  Solve problems dealing with forces in a plane or in space and equivalent force systems.
  •  Solve truss, beam, frame and cable problems and outline distributed force systems.
  •  Solve  friction  problems  and  determine  moments  of  Inertia  and  centroid  using integration methods.
  • Solve three-dimension force and moment problems.
  •  Identify an appropriate structural system to studying a given problem and isolate it from its environment.
  •  Model  the  problem  using  good  free-body  diagrams  and  accurate  equilibrium equations
  • Identify and model various types of loading and support conditions that  act  on structural systems.