Unit 2 Overview: Materials and Structures
Statics is the basis for the study of engineering mechanics and specifically rigid-body mechanics. Statics is concerned with the equilibrium of bodies that are at rest or that move at a constant velocity. Using measurements of geometry and force, Archimedes studied statics concepts in ancient Greece. Most of his work centered on simple machines for construction of buildings.
In this lesson students will learn how to identify and calculate forces acting on a body when it is in static equilibrium. Students will calculate internal and external forces of a truss. They will use this knowledge to design, build, and test their own truss designs.