Module Specifications..
Current Academic Year 2023  2024
Please note that this information is subject to change.
 
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Description This module introduces the fundamentals of mechanics and builds student confidence in applying these mechanical principles to solve static problems. Students are expected to attend lectures, prepare for and actively participate in problem solving in tutorials, attend and participate in group laboratories and write up reports.  
Learning Outcomes 1. Explain the principles of static equilibrium (P01, P02) 2. Use Free Body Diagrams to solve static problems involving components and pulley systems (P01, P02, P03, P04) 3. Solve problems relating to the forces in truss members using the method of joints and the method of sections. (P01, P02) 4. Determine the centre of mass and centroids of Lines, areas and Volumes of simple and composite bodies (P01, P02) 5. Solve problems relating to hydrostatics including pressures on submerged surfaces, buoyancy and stability of floating objects. (P01, P02) 6. Solve problems relating to dry friction, including inclined planes and screw threads. (P01, P02) 7. Solve problems relating to the work, equilibrium, potential energy and stability of a system (P01, P02) 8. Undertake an experiment as part of a group and report results. (P02, P03, P05)  
All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml 

Indicative Content and Learning Activities
Core concepts Concepts of weight, force, moments, Units, Centre of gravity, Vector Algebra Force Systems Component forces, Resultant force, Resultant Moment, Wrench, Free body diagrams Equilibrium System Isolation, Free Body Diagram, 2D and 3D equilibrium equations Structures Plane Trusses, Method of Joints, Method of Sections Centres of Mass and Centroids Centre of Mass, Centroids of Lines, Areas and Volumes Fluid Statics Forces on submerged surfaces, forces of buoyancy, stability of floating objects Friction Dry Friction, Wedges, Screws, Bearings (introduction) Virtual Work Work, Equilibrium, Potential Energy, Stability  
 
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Date of Last Revision  13JAN12  
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