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PHYS 3454 - Statics
Course Syllabus - Spring 2017

|Course Description|Objectives|Outcomes|Term|Instructor|Class meetings|Text|
Evaluation|Grading|Mid-term Progress Report|Schedule|Policies|Important dates|

Individuals with disabilities who need to request accommodations should contact
the Disability Services Coordinator, 255 Edgewater Hall, 678-466-5445,

Credit Hours:

3.0 semester credit hours

Catalog Description:

PHYS 3454 (CRN 20381, 3.0 semester credit hours) is a pre-engineering/applied mathematics course that will cover the following topics: forces, moments, couples, equilibrium, equipollent systems, resultants, distributed forces, equilibrium analysis, free-body diagrams, practical examples, trusses, methods of joint and sections, multi-force members, shear-force and bending-moment diagrams, statics and structural design, coulomb friction, centroids and center-of-mass.

Course Prerequisites and Co-requisites:

§Prerequisites: PHYS 2211, Principles of Physics I

Notebook Computer Requirement:

Each CCSU student is required to have ready access throughout the semester to a notebook computer that meets faculty-approved hardware and software requirements for the student's academic program. Students will sign a statement attesting to such access. For further information on CCSU's Official Notebook Computer Policy, please go to http://www.clayton.edu/hub/itpchoice/notebookcomputerpolicy.

Computer Skill Prerequisites:

§Able to use the WindowsTMoperating system.

§Able to use a the Microsoft WordTMword processing program.

§Able to send and receive e-mail using the OutlookTMor Outlook ExpressTMprogram Only use your CSU e-mail account or the e-mail system included in D2L to communicate academic information to your instructor.

§Able to attach and retrieve attached files via email.

§Able to use a Web browser.

In-class Use of Student Notebook Computers:

Student notebook computers will not be used in the classroom in this course. Computers will be required to access course materials and to communicate with your instructor.

Course Objectives:

 To learn the basic laws of Statics.

 To further develop the ability to solve problems through logical thought and organized reason.

Student Learning Outcomes:

PHYS 3454 supports outcomes 1 through 6 of the physics minor:

A student who earns a minor in Physics will have:

1. knowledge of the basic principles of major fields of physics.

2. mastery of a broad range of basic lab skills applicable to physics.

3. oral and written communication skills.

4. the ability to collect, evaluate and interpret scientific data, and employ critical thinking to solveproblems in physics and supporting fields.

5. the ability to function effectively on team-oriented projects.

6. an appreciation for the impact of physics on society.


Spring Semester 2017

Instructor Information:


Dr. TatianaKrivosheev
phone: (678) 466-4783
fax: (678) 466-4899
internet:http: //www.clayton.edu/faculty/tkrivosh


Lakeview Discovery and Science  Building, Room 235K

Office Hours:

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.

Friday 12:00 noon – 3:00 p.m.

Other times by appointment.

Class Meetings:


Magnolia Hall, Room 126

Class Times:

11:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

Textbook Information: McGill and King, Engineering Mechanics: Statics, 4th edition, Tichenor Publishing and Printing, 2003.

Text Coverage:

Chapters 1-7


In-class examinations: 3-50 minute exams @ 100 points


In-class quizzes*: 10 quizzes @ 15 points




Final examination**:




*Quizzes covering fundamentals of study assignments will be administered. Quizzes will be announced in advance. More than ten quizzes may be given; the highest ten quiz scores will count towards the course grade.

**The final examination will be comprehensive.



90 - 100%


80 - 89%


70 - 79%


60 - 69%


below 60%

Mid-term Progress Report

The mid-term grade in this course, which will be issued by February 27, reflects approximately 30% of the entire course grade. Based on this grade, students may choose to withdraw from the course and receive a grade of "W." Students pursuing this option must fill out an official withdrawal form, available in the Office of the Registrar, by midpoint, which occurs on March 3, 2017. Instructions for withdrawing are provided at this link.

The last day to withdraw without academic accountability is Friday, March 3, 2017.

Course Schedule:





Jan 9

Introduction Chapter


Jan 11

Forces 2.1 – 2.2


Jan 13

Forces and Particle Equilibrium I 2.3 – 2.4

Jan 16

No class  - MLK Holiday


Jan 18

Forces and Particle Equilibrium II 2.3 – 2.4


Jan 20

Moment of a Force 3.1 – 3.2


Jan 23

Moment of a Force 3.3


Jan 25

Couples 3.4


Jan 27

Couples and Laws of Equilibrium 3.5


Jan 30

Equipollence I 3.6


Feb 1

Equipollence II 3.6


Feb 3

Resultants I 3.7


Feb 6

Resultants II 3.8


Feb  8

Distributed Force Systems 3.9


Fen  10

Review Chapters 1 - 3


Feb  13

Exam I Chapters 1 - 3


Feb 15

Free Body Diagram I 4.1


Feb 17

Free Body Diagram II 4.2


Feb 20

Application of Equilibrium Equations 4.3


Feb 22

Application of Equilibrium Equations to Interacting Bodies 4.4


Feb 24

Trusses I 5.1 – 5.4


Feb 27

Trusses II 5.1 – 5.4


Mar 1

Trusses III 5.1 – 5.4


Mar 3

Problem solving Chapters 4 - 5

Mar 3

MIDPOINT - Last day to withdraw without academic accountability

Mar 6 – Mar 11

Spring Break


Mar 13

Method of Sections I 5.5


Mar 15

Method of Sections II 5.5


Mar 17

Space Trusses I 5.6


Mar 20

Space Trusses II 5.6


Mar 22

Axial and Shear Forces and Bending Moments 5.8


Mar 24

Review Chapters 4 - 5


Mar 27

Exam II Chapters 4 - 5


   Mar 29

Beams/Shear and Moment Distributions 5.9


Mar 31

Relationships of Variables in Diagrams 5.10


Apr 3

Laws and Application of Coulomb Friction I 6.1 – 6.2


Apr 5

Laws and Application of Coulomb Friction II 6.3


Apr 7

Problem Solving Chapters 5-6


Apr 10

Centroids and Composite Parts  I 7.1 – 7.2


Apr 12

Centroids and Composite Parts II 7.3


Apr 14

Center of Mass, Theorems of Pappus, 7.4 – 7.5


Apr 17

Cables, 5.11 – 5.12


Apr 19

Review Chapters 5 - 7


Apr 21

Exam III Chapters 5 - 7


Apr 24

Hands on Project


Apr 26

Hands on Project


Apr 28

Hands on Project Presentation


May 1 5

Course Reviews Chapters 1 - 7

Final Examination


Chapters 1-7

Course Policies:

Students must abide by policies in the Clayton College & State University Student Handbook, and the Basic Undergraduate Student Responsibilities.

University Attendance Policy

Students are expected to attend and participate in every class meeting. Instructors establish specific policies relating to absences in their courses and communicate these policies to the students through the course syllabi. Individual instructors, based upon the nature of the course, determine what effect excused and unexcused absences have in determining grades and upon students’ ability to remain enrolled in their courses. The university reserves the right to determine that excessive absences, whether justified or not, are sufficient cause for institutional withdrawals or failing grades.

Course Attendance Policy

Attendance is expected for all class periods. Attendance is required for quiz and examination periods. Any absence must be accompanied by a written excuse from a doctor or other competent authority.

Missed Work

Without excuse, a grade of zero points will be assigned for the missed work. If a valid excuse is provided:

§ Make-up quizzes will be given only if they are taken before quiz solutions are posted. If the make-up quiz cannot be taken before the solutions are posted, the missed quiz will be counted as one of approximately two quizzes which can be dropped (approximately twelve quizzes will be given in the course. The highest ten quiz scores will be used to calculate the course grade).

§ Make-up examinations will be given only if they are taken before graded examinations are returned to students (next class period). In the event that a make-up examination cannot be taken before exams are returned to students, the missed examination will not count in calculating the course grade. This means that other graded work will be responsible for a greater weight in determining the course final grade.

§ The final examination must be taken. Students missing the final examination should contact their instructor concerning the applicability of an Incomplete grade.

Academic Dishonesty

Any type of activity that is considered dishonest by reasonable standards may constitute academic misconduct. The most common forms of academic misconduct are cheating and plagiarism All instances of academic dishonesty will result in a grade of zero for the work involved.All instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Office of Student Life/Judicial Affairs.Judicial procedures are described beginning on page 14 of the 
Student Handbook(Procedures for Adjudicating Alleged Academic Conduct Infractions

Disruption of the Learning Environment

Behavior which disrupts the teaching–learning process during class activities will not be tolerated.While a variety of behaviors can be disruptive in a classroom setting, more serious examples include belligerent, abusive, profane, and/or threatening behavior.A student who fails to respond to reasonable faculty direction regarding classroom behavior and/or behavior while participating in classroom activities may be dismissed from class. A student who is dismissed is entitled to due process and will be afforded such rights as soon as possible following dismissal.If found in violation, a student may be administratively withdrawn and may receive a grade of WF.

A more detailed description of examples of disruptive behavior and appeal procedures is provided at:http://a-s.clayton.edu/DisruptiveClassroomBehavior.htm

Other Policies

Late materials will not be accepted after the final course meeting (May 1, 2017).

The use of simple calculators is allowed for all quizzes and examinations.

All examinations are closed book.

No student-produced "memory sheets" or note cards are allowed.

An instructor-produced reference data pamphlet will be provided for all quizzes and examinations.

No smoking, eating or drinking is permitted at any time in the classroom.

Important dates:


§ Announced in advance.

In-class exams (tentatively):

§ Monday, February 13, 2017

§ Wednesday, March 27, 2017

§ Wednesday, April 21, 2017

Final exam:


Last day to drop without academic accountability:

§ Friday, March 3, 2017

Copyright © 2017 Tatiana Krivosheev

Monday, January 9, 2017

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