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. |

Timing |
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. |

Contents |
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. |

Grading |
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. |