Statics ECIV 2311

The Islamic University of Gaza

Faculty of Engineering

Civil Engineering Department

Statics ECIV 2311

1St Semester 2011/2012


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Course Scope:

This course is furnished to provide the civil engineering students with the basic skills in mechanics. Such skills are considered as pre-requisites for many other courses in the civil engineering curriculum. Among the main concepts that are covered in this course are vectors, equilibrium of a particle, equilibrium of a rigid body, trusses and frames, shear and moment diagrams, centroids, and moment of inertia.


Course Goals:

This course is designed to provide you with a clear and thorough demonstration of the theory and applications of engineering statics. A complete understanding of concepts involved in statics is absolutely critical to successfully becoming an engineer. Materials covered in this course are crucial to just about every subsequent engineering courses you will take, and every one of these courses will build off the knowledge you gain in this course.

Text Book and References


  • Engineering Mechanics: Statics, R.C. Hibbeler, 12th  edition, Prentice Hall, 2010.
  • Several textbooks and references are available in the IUG Central Library.

Course Content

1- General Principles

1.2 Mechanics

1.3 Fundamental concepts

1.4 Units of Measurement

1.5 The International system

1.6 Numerical Calculations

2- Force Vectors (lecture-1.1,lecture 1.2, lecture 1.3, lecture 1.4)

2.1 Scalars and vectors

2.2 Vector operations

2.3 Vector addition of forces (Parallelogram law , Trigonometry)

2.4 Addition of a system of coplanar forces (2-D cartesian vectors and resultants)

2.5 Cartesian vectors (3-D)

2.6 Addition and subtraction of Cartesian Vectors (3-D)

2.7 Position Vectors

2.8 Force Vector directed along a line

2.9 Dot product

3- Equilibrium of a particle (lecture 2.1)

3.1 Condition of the equilibrium of a particle

3.2 The free- body diagram

3.3 Coplanar forces system (2-D equilibrium)

3.4 Three dimensional force systems

4- Force System Resultants (lecture 3.1,lecture 3.2,lecture 3.3,lecture 3.4,lecture 3.5)

4.1 Cross Product

4.2 Moment of a force – scalar formulation

4.3 Moment of a force – vector formulation

4.4 Transmissibility of a force and the principle of moments

4.5 Moment of a force about a specified axis

4.6 Moment of a couple

4.7 Movement of a force on a rigid body

4.8 Resultants of a force and couple system

4.9 Further reduction of a force and couple system

4.10 Reduction of a simple distributed loading

5- Equilibrium of a Rigid Body (lecture 5.1,lecture 5.2,lecture 5.3)

5.1 Conditions for rigid- body equilibrium

5.2 Free- body diagram (2-D)

5.3 Equations of equilibrium (2-D)

5.4 Two and three force members

5.5 Free body diagrams (3-D)

5.6 Equations of equilibrium (3-D)

5.7 Constraints for rigid body

6- Center of Gravity and Centroid (lecture 6.1, lecture 6.2)

6.1 Center of gravity and center of mass for a system of particles

6.2 Center of gravity, center of mass, and centroid of a body

6.3 Composite bodies

6.4 Resultant of a general distributed force system

7- Moment of Inertia (chapter 10-1,chapter 10-2)

7.1 Definition of moments of inertia for areas

7.2 Parallel axis theorem for an area

7.3 Radius of gyration of an area

7.4 Moments of inertia for composite areas

7.5 Moment of inertia for an area by integration

7.6 Products of inertia for an area

7.7 Moments of inertia for an area about inclined axes

8- Internal Forces

8.1 Internal forces developed in structural members

8.2 Shear and moment equations and diagrams

8.3 Relations between distributed load, shear, and moment

9- Structural Analysis (Lecture 6.1, Lecture 6.2, Lecture 6.3,

9.1 Simple trusses

9.2 The methods of joints

9.3 Zero- force members

9.4 The method of sections

Teaching Methods

Theoretical discussions of each new concept with limited number of examples are provided by the instructor. This type of teaching is provided every 3 hours per week. Teaching assistant provides a 1 hours per week in which he/she conducts discussions type of teaching to solve pre-assigned homework problems. The instructor or his assistant may use the traditional chuck board teaching tool or transparency projector tool.

Assessment of Learning

The final grade will be assigned as follows:
          Assignments and Quizzes:                     15 %

          Mid-Term Examination:                        25 %
          Final Examination:                                 60 %

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