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Retro tutorial – Week 2

There’s no better way to consolidate learning in Engineering Mechanics than quietly working through problems using pencil and paper (that’s why we call this a ‘Retro Tutorial’). This is a …

Analysis: Adding forces Part 2

You’ve got the concepts for adding vectors; now it’s time to apply them. Data from the experiment are given in the Downloads section below. You can use your own data …

Analysis: Adding forces Part 1

Now that you have internalised the concept of the Free Body Diagram, you can reveal forces. What can you do with them? We’ll find many ways to manipulate forces in …

Analysis: Revealing forces

So simple, yet so profound. You won’t get engineers’ eyes until you have internalised the concept of isolating the object (or objects) you want to analyse. Only when a body …

Experiment: Adding forces

By using the force transducers we can see how forces acting at a point combine to share a load. You can download the instructions to the experiment and the data …

Experiment: Force transducers

Forces generated in an earthquake can destroy entire cities, so it might seem odd to say that they are just an abstract construct. More on that in the analysis activities. …

Design for strength and safety

By the end of this week you will be able to share the wry smile of engineers as they downplay their capabilities with this self-deprecating definition of structural engineering: “Structural …

Through Engineers’ Eyes

At the end of each week, a quick video will highlight your progress towards Engineers’ Eyes and a concept wheel will show you how it all fits in. Week 1 …

Retro tutorial – Week 1

There’s no better way to consolidate learning in Engineering Mechanics than quietly working through problems using pencil and paper (that’s why we call this a ‘Retro Tutorial’). It can be …

Analysis: static and dynamic loads

This video looks at springs – or any elastic element – and it looks at vibration too. Our aim is to use our most basic of equipment to show how …

Glossary

You will see this glossary at the end of each week. We compiled it from comments and enquiries from previous learners in this course. If you are not clear on …

Glossary

You will see this glossary at the end of each week. We compiled it from comments and enquiries from previous learners in this course. If you are not clear on …

Experiments: static and dynamic loads

Your first experiments are based on a rubber band spring. You’ll learn about creep, load-deflection curves and bounce. You will also see how we split Engineering Mechanics into ‘Statics’ and …

Glossary

You will see this glossary at the end of each week. We compiled it from comments and enquiries from previous learners in this course. If you are not clear on …

Glossary

You will see this glossary at the end of each week. We compiled it from comments and enquiries from previous learners in this course. If you are not clear on …
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