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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.
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Modelling static problems
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.
This free course includes adapted extracts from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free Mathematics Education courses or view the range of currently available OU Mathematics Education courses.
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Originally published: Thursday, 31st March 2011
Last updated on: Tuesday, 23rd February 2016
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