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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.

Course learning outcomes

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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