Introduction to Engineering Mechanics: Online Course by Georgia Institute of Technology

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Engineering mechanics is the study of forces that act on bodies and the resultant motion on those bodies. Engineering Mechanics are 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.

Engineering mechanics is the discipline devoted to the solution of mechanics problems through the integrated application of mathematical, scientific and engineering principles. Special emphasis is placed on the physical principles underlying modern engineering design.

Students with their base in Physics and Mathematics can opt for Engineering Mechanics. Students of this discipline can have bright chances to have a good career in variety of fields like the aerospace, electronics, automotive, manufacturing, software and computer industries.

The Georgia Institute of Technology is starting “Engineering Mechanics” course with Coursera. This course is an introduction to learning and applying the principles required to solve engineering mechanics problems. The course addresses the modeling and analysis of static equilibrium problems with an emphasis on real world engineering applications and problem solving.

Course Duration

The course will start from 16th September 2013 for the duration of 5 weeks and will require work load of 5-7 hours/ week.


Students should have a background in basic calculus and physics covering classical mechanics.

Course Content

Week One – What is a Force?  2-D and 3-D Vector Force Representation; Particle Equilibrium; Systems of Particles/Multi-body problems
Week Two – Moment of a Force about a Point; Moment of a Force about a Line/Axis; Moment due to a couple
Week Three –Equilibrium Equations; Equivalent Systems; Resultants; Centroids.
Week Four – Distributed Forces; Method of Composite Parts; Free Body Diagram
Week Five – 2-D and 3-D Equilibrium Problems.

Resources required for the course

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

Statement of Accomplishment

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

About the Instructor

The course will be taught by Dr. Wayne Whiteman, who is the director of the Office of Student Services and a 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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