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461102A Statics, 5 ECTS cr 
Code 461102A  Validity 01.08.2015 -
Name Statics  Abbreviation Statics 
Scope5 ECTS cr   
Type Intermediate Studies Discipline4305 Mechanical Engineering 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Field of Mechanical Engineering 

Lahtinen, Hannu Tapio 

ECTS Credits 

5 ETCS / 149 hours of work

Language of instruction 

Lectures in finnish, foreign students follow the course by reading independently the books in english and taking part to the exercises and exams where all material is given in english.


The course is held in the autumn semester, during periods 1 and 2. It is recommended to complete the course at the 1st autumn semester.

Learning outcomes 

After the course, the student can calculate forces and moments of loaded structures using equations of vector algebra and trigonometry. He/she can draw a free body diagram of the force system and then solve the unknown forces by using equations of equilibrium. He/she can determine resultants from uniformly distributed loads and apply Coulomb's law of friction in the problem equilibrium. The student can solve problems of internal and external forces of particle systems and rigid body systems in case of static equilibrium. Especially, he/she can draw shear force and bending moment diagrams for beam structures.


Fundamental laws and concepts in statics. Force systems and their treatment. Equilibrium of particles and rigid bodies. Static forces in isostatic structures such as beams, frames, cables and trusses. Friction.

Mode of delivery 

Implemented as Face-to-face -teaching.

Learning activities and teaching methods 

Lectures 55 h / exercises 42 h / independent work of solving homework problems 52 h.

Target group 

Compulsory for candidate degree students of mechanical engineering programme.

Prerequisites and co-requisites 

Now prerequisites required.

Recommended optional programme components 

The course is an independent entity and does not require additional studies carried out at the same time.

Recommended or required reading 

Salmi, T.: Statiikka, Pressus Oy, Tampere 2005; Beer, F., Johnston, R.: Vector Mechanics for Engineers, Statics, McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1996.

Assessment methods and criteria 

In the course acceptable homework and midterm exams / final exam are required. This course utilizes continuous assessment. There are four midterm exams, of which the last one is at the same time a final exam. Homework contain every week three problems that are marked. The student is allowed to participate to a final exam, when the homework is accepted.


The course utilizes a numerical grading scale 1-5. In the numerical scale zero stands for a fail.

Person responsible 

University teacher Hannu Lahtinen

Other information 

The course gives ability for understanding static equilibrium, ability for determining force balance in structures and readiness for later studies.


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Functions Name Type ECTS cr Teacher Schedule
Registration Statics  Course  Lahtinen, Hannu Tapio  01.09.21 -21.12.21

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