SUNY-Geneseo/Physics & Astronomy   Spring 2013 Applied Mechanics (Phys 313) MWF 10:30am, ISC 229    Dr. Pogo  (pogo at geneseo.edu)    Where's Pogo?    Office: ISC 228D       Syllabus in PDF Format    Homework Assignments and Solutions         Survey for Assignment #1     Current Grade Status     Free Body Diagram Method                        Method of Sections    Shear and Bending Moment Example    Beam Deflection Table                               Permanent Deformation Example    Equation Sheet Template for Final               Torsion Spreadsheet Example    Hotel Walkway    Bridge Contest: Thursday, May 2, 2013
What am I doing here? At the end of this course, you will be able to: analyze structural engineering problems (beams, cables, and trusses) in a simple and logical manner; use the concepts of stress and strain in structural members experiencing tension, compression, shear, bending, and twisting to evaluate the possibility of their failure; and use Mohr's circle and the Von Mises stress to ensure that your analysis is performed from the appropriate perspective. The first part of the course focuses on the analysis of “rigid bodies” in equilibrium. The second part of the course focuses on structures made of “real” materials having elasticity and finite strength.

There are two textbooks for this class: Vector Mechanics for Engineers – Statics, by Beer, Johnston & Eisenberg (9th edition, McGraw Hill), and Mechanics of Materials, by Beer, Johnston et al. (6th edition, McGraw Hill). These books will be used in the first and second parts of the course, respectively. You may also use other editions.

Hey! Why are there two books? This material is typically presented in two different courses at engineering schools, and these are the texts for those courses. We will cover chapters 1 through 7 of Statics, and 1 through 8 of Materials. Both books have great example problems and illuminating text. If you are planning on a career in mechanical, civil, or environmental engineering, I strongly recommend that you purchase and keep both books, even after the semester ends.
How will I be graded? Your grade will be determined by:

Assignments:                                       30%
Bridge Competition:                            10%
Exams  (4 exams):                               60%
100%

Each of the four exams (including the “final”) will cover the specific material from the weeks preceding it. However, all of the exams are effectively cumulative for the course, since you cannot master the material for the second exam unless you understand the material from the first (and so on). Really.

The bridge competition will be held in Newton 204 beginning at 3:45pm on Thursday, May 2, 2013.

Can I do written homework on Post-it notes? Are you kidding? In the real world, neatness counts, and it counts in this class, too. The main purpose of written assignments is professionalism. More information concerning written homework can be found below.

When are the tests?  Here is a tentative schedule of exams. Exams #1 through #3 are currently scheduled as “in class” exams. If the entire class (including Dr. Pogo) agrees, any exam time, date, or length can be changed (to a two hour evening exam, for example). Such changes will not affect the exam questions itself. In any case, the time limit for exams #1 through #3 will not exceed two hours.

Exam #1: Friday, February 15, 2013 (chapters 1 through 4 of Statics)
Exam #2: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 (chapters 5 through 7 of Statics)
Exam #3: Monday, April 15, 2013 (chapters 1 through 3 of Materials)
Exam #4: Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 8:00am - 11:00am (chapters 4 through 8 of Materials)

#### Written Homework Rules

The entire point of having written assignments is to help you improve your professionalism. Therefore, unlike the CAPA portion of each weekly assignment, your grade will be primarily based on factors other than whether you get the right answer.

1)    Use exactly 8˝ ´ 11 inch paper. I will measure it with a ruler. Do not use spiral ring paper.
2)    Use only one side of each sheet
3)    Put your name on the top of every sheet. Put the assignment number on the top of the first page (e.g., “Applied, Assignment #3).
4)    Staple all your sheets together. Paper-clips and torn corners are not permitted.
5)    Clearly and systematically indicate what is given, and what is sought.
6)    Work must progress linearly down the page. If your solution initially meanders around the page, I expect you to recopy your solutions.
7)    Use a pencil. Erase errors instead of blotching them out.
8)    Draw and use Free Body diagrams as appropriate for all problems. Define and use coordinate systems. Specify your choice of “free body”. Label your forces.
9)    Define your symbols, and use subscripts. Not all forces can be called “F”, not all tensions can be called “T”, and not all normal forces can be “N”. Every symbol must be unique and clearly defined. Make a list or table of relevant symbols and their values when this will help me to understand your solution.
10)  Do not even bother to submit nonsensical results (e.g., a negative tension in a chain or rope).
11)  Use words and/or pictures to clarify your method of solution and your symbol definitions.
12)  Solutions should be symbolic. Include the initial fundamental formulas, but don’t show every step of intermediate algebra. If, for some reason, your solution uses numeric values, show no more than 4 significant figures, and include units. The symbol “:=” is now (and for the rest of your professional life) unacceptable for written work, along with other “computational” notation (“^”, “E”, “*”, etc.).
14)  Plots should be professional and no smaller than 3 ´ 5 inches. Do not use default font sizes, default trendline formatting (where every variable is apparently an x or a y), default line widths, etc.

What if I have trouble with the homework? Come see me during office hours (see times listed above) and I’ll try to point you in the right direction. You may never visit office hours for help on the same day that an assignment is due (you should have gotten help much earlier than that, and I won’t encourage irresponsible procrastination). Also, I know that most of you will work in groups, and I won’t attempt to stop it. However, the learning is in the doing. Nobody on this planet learns from copying somebody else’s work, no matter how clear or correct it is. Every part of every problem that you let somebody else do for you is something that you are deciding that you just don’t want to learn. You will not have their help on exams!

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this course, students will:

· Be able to analyze rigid structural engineering problems consisting of beams, cables, and trusses in a simple and logical manner
· Be able to evaluate the possibility of failure due to tension and compression in structures made of elastic materials of finite strength
· Be able to evaluate the possibility of failure due to torsion in structures made of elastic materials of finite strength
· Be able to evaluate the possibility of failure due to bending in structures made of elastic materials of finite strength
· Be able to evaluate the possibility of failure due to shear in structures made of elastic materials of finite strength
· Be able to use Mohr’s circle and the “von Mises stress” to combine the above effects in 2D and 3D, respectively, to ensure that your failure analysis is performed in the correct coordinate system.