Syllabus for GE 204se
Statics for NCIAE
2018
 Course description
 General information
 Textbook
 Notes
 Schedule
 Assignments
 Video lectures
 English/Chinese technical terminology equivalents
 Resources
Course description
This course is offered in partnership with the North China Institute of Aerospace Engineering (NCIAE). Professor Xu Jingman (NCIAE) is the primary instructor and Dr. Rico Picone is visiting NCIAE for three weeks to instruct a portion of the course.
The following is the course description from the SMU catalog. Course represents the transition from theoretical studies of forces and equilibrium, as studied in physics, to applied science. The equilibrium of a particle when acted upon by a system of forces and the equilibrium of bodies in two and three dimensions are studied. Also covers equilibrium considerations for the design of trusses and machines, effects of friction on equilibrium and calculations of centroids and center of gravity.
General information
 Location
 NCIAE
 Times
 weekdays 8–9:50
 Website
 GE 204 Website
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Textbook
(RW) Ferdinand P. Beer, E. Russell Johnston, Jr., Elliot R. Eisenberg. Vector Mechanics for Engineers: Statics. Seventh Edition. McGrawHill.
Notes
Partial notes will be posted, below. I will let everyone know via WeChat when each lecture is ready to be printed. Please print each set of lecture notes before class and bring it. There are fillins and such.
 Moments, couples, and basketballs
 Introduction to 2D trusses and the method of joints
 The method of sections
Schedule
The following schedule is tentative.
meeting  topics introduced  reading  assignment due 

introduction to: rigid body motion in space, degrees of freedom, couples, moment of a force, moment about an axis  
moment of a force about a point, examples  4.14.4  
moment of a force about an axis, examples  4.5  Assignment #1  
resultant forces and moments, 3D moments, examples  4.6, 4.7  
distributed loading, examples  4.8, 4.9  Assignment #2  
introduction to equilibrium of a rigid body, conditions for equilibrium, freebody diagrams, examples  5.1, 5.2  
equilibrium equations in 2D, examples  5.3, 5.4  
twoforce members, 3D equilibrium equations, examples  5.5, 5.6  Assignment #3  
statical determinacy, examples  5.7  
introduction to structures, trusses and frames, method of joints, examples  6.1, 6.2  Assignment #4  
method of sections, examples  6.3, 6.4  Assignment #5  
frames and machines, examples  6.5, 6.6  
introduction to dry friction, examples  7.1, 7.2, 7.3  Assignment #6  
final examination  
final examination review 
Assignments
Assignment #1
 Due Wednesday.
 Problems 47, 48, and 421.
Assignment #2
 Due Friday.
 Problems 443, 444, 456, 4106, and 4142.
Assignment #3
 Due Wednesday.
 Problems 521, 523, 524, and 529.
Assignment #4
 Due Friday.
 Problems 564, 567, and 581.
Assignment #5
 Due Monday.
 Problems 61, 67, and 611.
Assignment #6
 Due Wednesday.
 Problems 672, 676, and 678.
Video lectures
Some video recordings of my lectures will be available on YouKu, with links, below.
The WeChat group for the course is called StaticsSMU@NCIAE and has the following QR code.
English/Chinese technical terminology equivalents
Below is a list of some useful terminological equivalents. Thank you Dr. Xu Jingman and Benjamin.
 force 力
 torque 扭矩
 moment 力矩
 mass 质量
 gravity 重力
 weight 重量
 coordinate system 坐标系
 vector 矢量
 magnitude of vector 矢量的大小
 direction of vector 矢量的方向
 cross product $\textbf{x}\times\textbf{y}$ 叉乘（积）
 dot product $\textbf{x}\cdot\textbf{y}$ 点乘（积）
 projection 投影
 parallel 平行
 perpendicular 垂直
 equilibrium 平衡
 static 静力
 reaction force 反作用力
 external force 外力
 force couple 力偶
 plane (geometric) 平面（几何）
 simplify 简化
 scalar 标量
 normal force
 distributed force
 pressure
 position
 velocity
 acceleration
 momentum
 sum
 product
 derivative
 integral
 center of mass
 centroid
Resources

Here is the Python script from class. Once Python and the package
sympy
are installed, open a terminal window,cd
to the directory in which you have the.py
script, and run the script with the following command.python3 solve_symbolic_system.py