24-261 STATICS

Fall 2001

Instructor: Professor Paul S. Steif
Scaife Hall 304, 8-3507
email:  steif@andrew.cmu.edu

Teaching Assistant: Jesse Olson
Hamerschlag B-129, 8-3606
email: jto@andrew.cmu.edu
 


Lectures:                        Tuesday and Thursday 1:30 PM - 2:50 PM
                       
                   Baker Hall A51

 

Recitations:                   

                        Section A: Monday 1:30 PM - 2:20 PM, Porter 226A
                       
Section B: Monday 2:30 PM - 3:20 PM, Porter 226A
     
                  Section C: Monday 3:30 PM - 4:20 PM, Porter 226A

   

Laboratories:

                        Section A: Monday          6:30 PM - 8:20 PM, Hamerschlag Hall B134
                        Section B: Wednesday   6:30 PM - 8:20 PM, Hamerschlag Hall B134
                        Section C: Thursday        6:30 PM - 8:20 PM, Hamerschlag Hall B134

See Laboratory Schedule below.  Note in the schedule below, that some labs are to be held in a room other than HH B134.

Office Hours to be determined based on consultation with class

 

Web Site and Electronic Bulletin Boards: 

Class web site will be: http://www.andrew.cmu.edu/course/24-261/
Class b-board  will be: academic.mech-e.24-261.announce@andrew.cmu.edu
 

Required Textbook:

                        Mechanics of Materials 5th Edition  by James M. Gere

 

OBJECTIVES, SCOPE AND CONDUCT OF COURSE

Statics is the first course in an integrated two-semester sequence on the mechanics of engineering machines and structures.  Students will learn about vectors, forces, moments, stress and deflection.  Emphasis will be placed on using these concepts to draw practical conclusions regarding the mechanical suitability of machines and structures.   Prerequisite courses: 21-122, 33-106.

Lectures, laboratories, recitations and homework are all critical parts of this course. In different ways, they collectively address the material covered by the exams.  The textbook will be valuable in that it explains sometimes in more depth and sometimes in an alternative manner material that is covered in lectures.

A web site has been set up (listed above) on which problem sets and other materials will be posted.  The electronic bulletin board (listed above) is for the Professor to use in making announcements and giving reminders.  If you wish to send a message to the Professor, please use his email address (steif@andrew.cmu.edu), not the b-board.

 

HOMEWORK

Homework will be assigned weekly.  Problem sets are due by 1:35 PM on the designated day.  They should be placed in the box set out for that purpose just inside the entrance to the lecture hall.  Homework handed in between 1:35 PM and the end of lecture that day will be penalized by 80%.  Homework handed in thereafter will not be graded.

The homework is a major opportunity to learn and practice the concepts and problem solving techniques presented in this course.  You are encouraged to attempt all problems on your own and to discuss problems with one another, with the TA or with the instructor.  You should never fail to hand in a problem because you did not know how to start it.  Get Help! It is up to each student to derive maximum benefit from doing homework.  As a guideline, by the time of an examination, you should be able to comfortably solve on your own problems such as those in the previous homework sets.

Homework must be neat and legible; points will be deducted when the grader has difficulty grading your homework.

 

RECITATION

In general, recitations will be held as scheduled above in DH 1211.

On September 10, there will be a special recitation.  Students will be required to hand in a report based on that recitationís activities, which will count towards the laboratory grade.  On September 10, recitations will be held in Hamerschlag Hall B134 at the usual times.

LABORATORY

Laboratories will be scheduled as follows:

Week beginning August 27

No Laboratory

Week beginning September 3

Laboratory held in HH B134.  Section A moved from Monday night to Tuesday night.

Week beginning September 10

Laboratory held in HH B134

Week beginning September 17

No Laboratory

Week beginning September 24

Laboratory held in HH B134

Week beginning October 1

No Laboratory

Week beginning October 8

No Laboratory

Week beginning October 15

Laboratory held in HH B134

Week beginning October 22

Laboratory held in HH B134

Week beginning October 29

Laboratory held in HH C108.  1st third of alphabet. Specific names to be announced.

Week beginning November 5

Laboratory held in HH C108.  2nd third of alphabet. Specific names to be announced.

Week beginning November 12

Laboratory held in HH C108.  3rd third of alphabet. Specific names to be announced.

Week beginning November 19

No Laboratory

Week beginning November 26

No Laboratory

 

 

EXAMINATIONS

There will be three examinations spaced throughout the semester. You must bring a calculator to the examinations. Examinations will be held on the following days:

October 4, 2001

November 8, 2001

December 11, 2001

Students are expected to conform to the Carnegie Mellon University Code and meet the highest standards of personal ethical and moral conduct possible.

 

GRADING POLICY

The final grade will be determined based on the following weighting:

Examinations           75%

Homework                15%

Laboratory                10%

Grading is on an absolute scale; there is no upper or lower limit on the numbers of A, B, C, D or R grades. Grades will be awarded according to the following scale:

A:  85 ≤ Total

B: 75 ≤ Total < 85

C: 65 ≤ Total < 75

D: 60 ≤ Total < 65

R: Total < 60