Free Online Course: Application in Engineering Mechanics

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The Georgia Institute of Technology is adding a new free online course “Applications in Engineering Mechanics” in continuation to its earlier course on  “Introduction to Engineering Mechanics” with Coursera.

This course addresses the modeling and analysis of static equilibrium problems with an emphasis on real world engineering systems and problem solving.

Engineering mechanics is the study of forces that act on bodies and the resultant motion on those bodies. Engineering Mechanics is the basis of all the mechanical sciences: civil engineering, materials science and engineering, mechanical engineering and aeronautical and aerospace engineering. It provides the “building blocks” of statics, dynamics, strength of materials and fluid dynamics.

In order to be successful in this course, candidates must have mastered in the engineering fundamentals taught in “Introduction to Engineering Mechanics” class.

Course Duration

The course will start from 4 November 2013 for the duration of 5 weeks and will require work load of 5-7 hours/ week. This course will be taught in English language.


Candidates who have successfully completed the earlier course “Introduction to Engineering Mechanics” are expected to be the part of this course.

Course Content

The course will include 5 week class with a total of 30 lecture videos of about 10 minutes each and graded quiz at the end of each week.

  • Week One – Applications of the equations of static equilibrium to interacting bodies or parts of a structure; systems containing multi-force members; frames and machines
  • Week Two – Plane trusses
  • Week Three –Space Trusses; Shear Force and Bending Moment diagrams
  • Week Four – Cable support systems
  • Week Five – Coulomb friction and belt friction

Resources required for the course

No specific textbook is required for this course. It is designed to be compatible with any basic engineering mechanics (statics) textbook.

Statement of Accomplishment

On successful completion of the course, students will receive a Statement of Accomplishment.

About the Instructor

Dr. Wayne Whiteman is the senior academic professional in the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering. He teaches in the areas of engineering mechanics, dynamics and vibration, and engineering design.

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