The Art of Statics: From Physics to Safe Engineering Structures at Rest - Junior SPARK
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|Course Dates||Weeks||Meeting Times||Status||Instructor(s)||CRN|
|July 07, 2014 - July 11, 2014||1||M-F 9A-12N and T,TH 1P-4P||Open||Maryam Naghibolhosseini||10693|
Everyday, we see many things around such as bookshelves, buildings, structures and bridges, etc., which are at rest, i.e., they do not move! For sure, no one wish to see a book shelf to collapse, or a building to crush down, or even more dramatic, a bridge to shake and fall apart! These objects are designed to be at equilibrium, but, what would keep such objects in this crucial and vital state of equilibrium, in which they can be peacefully motionless?
This course will study the "Statics" of objects using Newton's first law. We will study, experiment, and observe the conditions at which the equilibrium state of objects at rest is achieved. The students would get an intuition through practicing many examples about equilibrium in our everyday lives. Particularly, a number of important engineering structures such as beams, trusses, and frames will be analyzed, where the students will grasp how to analyze a variety of applied problems.
Students will be given the unique opportunity to participate in a competition. The students will be broken up into teams to design macaroni trusses and/or macaroni bridges, which can maintain their equilibrium while bearing the heaviest possible weight! For this competition, the students will simply employ the aforementioned basic concepts of statics and will present their own design in class.
By the end of the course, students will have learned many of the fundamentals of physics as well as the math behind the statics of structures. They will also come to understand how to apply their knowledge to design simple engineering structures of their own interest!