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The flow of the course

Watch this video to see how experiments, analysis and design will introduce you to Engineering Mechanics.

Watch this video to see how experiments, analysis and design will expand your knowledge of Engineering Mechanics and your ability to use it. It’s a fresh approach and we hope you’ll enjoy it.

We’ll introduce you to a wide range of forces (gravity, friction, wind), and new concepts (work, energy, power, momentum) so you can find unknown forces in stationary rigid objects in a wide range of situations, and determine power requirements for vehicles in steady motion.

Here’s what you’ll do:

  • Experiments Explore physical reality by doing experiments using common items (full instructions are provided), or just watch videos of them if you prefer.
  • Analysis Build your analytical skills by watching videos, doing exercises and (in some weeks) working through Adaptive on-line Tutorials.
  • Design Combine the understanding from experiments, and the predictions from analysis to produce a design that will do the job.
  • Quizzes Assess and consolidate your learning.
  • Review Highlight the skills you’ve learnt, and track your progress towards engineers’ eyes.
  • Discussions share ideas with your fellow learners.


If you want to find out more about a topic, here are things you can try.
Ask your fellow learners Post a question in the comments for each step. Your fellow learners are an excellent resource.
Consult the Glossary You will see a Glossary at the end of each week throughout this course.
Web search Conduct your own web-search using as key words the topics we have explored. That’s how I found the data for the retro tutorial 3.3.
Classic textbooks There are more textbooks on Engineering Mechanics than we can list here. Over the years we have used the following for Statics:
  • Engineering Mechanics: Statics 8th Edition by J. L. Meriam (Author), L. G. Kraige (Author), J. N. Bolton (Author)
  • Engineering Mechanics: Statics (13th Edition) 13th Edition by Russell C. Hibbeler (Author)
  • Vector Mechanics for Engineers: Statics and Dynamics, 11th Edition By Ferdinand Beer, E. Russell Johnston, Jr. David Mazurek, Phillip Cornwell and Brian Self
They are generally written in a formal style and are closely argued, which is good if you want to gain a formal, understanding, but can be intimidating to the uninitiated. They are easier to read if you already have some knowledge in the area – such as you will get from this course.
Similarly there are many textbooks on Mechanics of Materials – analysing stress and strain. One typical textbook is:
  • Mechanics of Materials (9th Edition) by Russell C. Hibbeler (Author)

For Fluid Mechanics the story is the same. There are many textbooks to choose from, as a web-search will reveal.

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