James W. Kamman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Emeritus
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Western Michigan University
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ME 2560 Statics: Selected Course Notes

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  1. Scalars and Vectors

  2. Parallelogram Law of Vector Addition

  3. Vector Components and Vector Addition (two dimensions)

  4. Vector Components and Vector Addition (three dimensions)

  5. Position Vectors, Unit Vectors, and Forces Acting Along Lines

  6. The Dot Product of Vectors

  7. Equilibrium of a Particle (two and three dimensions)

  8. Moments of Forces and the Cross Product

  9. Moment of a Force about an Axis

  10. Force Couples

  11. Equivalent Force Systems

  12. Centroids of Areas

  13. Equivalent Force Systems for Distributed Loads

  14. Static Equilibrium of a Rigid Body

  15. Truss Analysis

  16. Frames and Machines

  17. Internal Forces in Structural Members

  18. Shear Force and Bending Moment Diagrams

  19. Dry Friction

  20. Moments of Inertia of Areas