To understand the resolving forces and moments for a given force system.
To analyze the types of friction for moving bodies and problems related to friction.
To determine the centroid and second moment of area.
The primary purpose of the study of engineering mechanics is to develop the capacity to predict the effects of force and motion while carrying out the creative design functions of engineering.
This capacity requires more than a mere knowledge of the physical and mathematical principles of mechanics; also required is the ability to visualize physical configurations in terms of real materials, actual constraints ,and the practical limitations which govern the behaviour of machines and structures.
One of the primary objectives in a mechanics course is to help the student to develop this ability to visualize, which is so vital to problem formulation.
Indeed, the construction of a meaningful mathematical model is often a more important experience than its solution.
Maximum progress is made when the principles and their limitations are learned together within the context of engineering application.
Suggested Readings :
Ferdinand L. Singer (1975). "Engineering Mechanic” Collins, Singapore.
Timoshenko, S.P. and D.H. Young. (1983). "Engineering Mechanics.” McGraw-Hill International Edition.
Rajeshakharam, S. and Sankarasubrahmanyam, G. (2002). Mechanics." Vikas Publications.
Junarkar, S.B. and H.J. Shah. (2001). “Applied Mechanics, Publishers.