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Modelling static problems

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This free course, Modelling static problems, lays the foundation of the subject of mechanics. Mechanics is concerned with how and why objects stay put, and how and why they move. In particular, the course considers why objects stay put. And it assumes that you have a good working knowledge of vectors.

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • appreciate the concept of force, and understand and model forces such as weight, tension and friction
  • model objects as particles or as rigid bodies, and the forces that act on an object in equilibrium
  • use model strings, rods, pulleys and pivots in modelling systems involving forces
  • understand and use torques
  • model and solve a variety of problems involving systems in equilibrium and systems on the verge of leaving equilibrium.

By: The Open University

  • Duration 16 hours
  • Updated Tuesday 23rd February 2016
  • Intermediate level
  • Posted under Mathematics Education
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Modelling static problems

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This course lays the foundations of the subject of mechanics. Mechanics is concerned with how and why objects stay put, and how and why they move. In particular, this course – Modelling static problems – considers why objects stay put.

Please note that this course assumes you have a good working knowledge of vectors.

This OpenLearn course provides a sample of level 2 study in Mathematics [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .

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