EM121
Statics & Mechanics of Materials I

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Catalog Description: (Prerequisites - MA 111) Covers two- and three-dimensional force systems, equilibrium, structures, distributed forces, and strength and elastic deflection of engineering materials due to loads applied axially. Emphasizes free-body diagrams.


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  • 221-May-2013 03:12 PM: A list of learning objectives for the entire course added to Files.

  • 20-May-2013 06:03 PM: Answers to multiple choice questions for posted final available in Files.

  • 16-May-2013 12:13 PM: Looking for a fun way to study? Try playing The Weakest Link (Or if you prefer, check out some pics of Dr. Thom's trip to Easter Island).

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  • 15-May-2013 01:11 PM: A sample final exam available in Files.

  • 09-May-2013 11:45 AM Note correct to table below. Slides for design review due before start of class 10:00 am on Friday.

  • 02-May-2013 12:02 PM: Your first major project deliverable is due at 11:30 pm this unpcoming Sunday. Here is a reminder of the other important project dates:

    Date Notes
    5/5 E-mail with dxf file and indication of strut hole due to instructor by 11:30 PM. Follow the directions! (See the "DXF file submission information" in Project files and info.)
    5/7 - 5/10 ish Student teams inspect the manufactured links for flaws in manufacturing, and certify them ok. If not ok, they can be send back for a do-over. (See the Inspection document in Project files and info.)
    5/10 Slides for design review due before start of class 10:00 am. Helper posts slides on wall of hallway during class. (See the Design Review document in Project files and info
    5/10-5/12 Student teams create questions and submit online by 5 PM Sunday, 5/12.
    5/13 Design Review Day 1. Students predict whether their colleagues' links will fail for bonus points. Students ask questions. (See the Rating Form document in Project files and info)
    5/14 Design Review Day 2. (Same as above.)
    5/15 Contest!
    5/16 Last day of class. Often award prizes are given this day.
    5/17 Last day of quarter. No class. Reports due by 5 pm. (See the Memo Template document in Project files and info.)

  • 01-May-2013 03:42 PM: The Project files and info page has been updated with several important files, including
    • Design Review Procedure
    • Rating Form for Design Review
    • Form for giving your approval of your manufactured part
    • A template for your memo

  • 26-Apr-2013 10:00 AM: You should go to this. Culture and free food, just what every college student needs.

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  • 25-Apr-2013 11:52 AM: The FAQ for the project has been updated.

  • 24-Apr-2013 12:41 PM: Some old third exams are available in Files.

  • 16-Apr-2013 11:44 AM:FAQ in Project section updated.

  • 15-Apr-2013 10:38 AM: Project is unveiled today! Get a sneak peak in the Project section.

  • 10-Apr-2013 09:28 AM:
    • On Monday, April 15, we will start the project in class. Please bring your laptops to class that day.
    • New equation sheet for Exam II available in files. (It has the centroid table from your text on it.)

  • 08-Apr-2013 11:59 AM: Calendar updated with homework assignments for this week. Many of the problems need to be downloaded from the Homework section.

  • 04-Apr-2013 08:03 PM: Some old second exams are available in Files.

  • 21-Mar-2013 10:36 AM: Note this change in homework problems for LE10. Problem 4-69 is to be changed to problem 4-68.

  • 19-Mar-2013 04:32 PM: Exam I is next Tuesday! Here's some more info:
    • You can use
      • Your calculator (A real, stand-alone calculator, not an app on a smart phone)
      • This equation sheet. (It will be provided for you at the exam. You do not need to bring a copy with you.)
    • Sorry, but no laptops.
    • Some old exams are available in Files.

  • 08-Mar-2013 03:27 PM:
    • Some old first exams posted in the Files section.
    • Solutions to homework LE2 posted in Homework section.

  • 06-Mar-2013 01:05 PM: Homework problems for next week assigned. Some are in the book, others are available for download in the Homework section.

  • 28-Feb-2013 09:47 AM: Look here for course announcements, web updates, and anything we feel like posting.