Course Syllabus Fall 2014
PH 315 Statics (3 Credits)

Instructor: Dr. Chris Pettit
Office: SH 26
Phone: 341-5929
Office Hours: MTWRF 11:00 am - 12:00 pm or by appointment


Lecture: MWF 10:00 am - 10:50 am in SH 30

Textbook:  Engineering Mechanics: Statics (7th edition), by J. L. Meriam and L. G. Kraige  Publisher: Wiley,  ISBN 0-470-61473-0. There are many different versions of this textbook, (Hardcover, Softcover, Binder Pages and e-Book) all are acceptable.

Tools: Scientific calculator, ruler or straight edge and protractor.

Course Description: This course is designed to introduce students to vector mechanics.  Students will apply previously learned Newtonian mechanics and related mathematical techniques to solve problems within the framework of static equilibrium situations. 

Homework: Homework will typically be assigned on Monday of each week, and usually be due on Friday of the following week. You will be notified of any changes to this policy for specific homework assignments as necessary.

Exams: There will be two exams and a final.  The final will be held during the final exam week and will consist of four parts.  The third part will be mandatory and be based on the material since the second exam.  Parts one and two of the final will be optional and are a means of improving the grade received on exams one and two respectively.  The exams are not cumulative, but you will be expected to be able to apply what you have learned to each successive section of material.

Academic Honesty Policy:  The following ESU “Academic Honesty Policy” pertains and will be enforced:  “Academic dishonesty, a basis for disciplinary action, includes but is not limited to activities such as cheating and plagiarism (presenting as one’s own the intellectual or creative accomplishments of another without giving credit to the source or sources).”  Academic dishonesty can result in severe penalties.  Possible penalties may include an assignment grade of F, a course grade of F, or dismissal from the university.

Student Accommodations Statement: Emporia State University will make reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities. Students need to contact the Director of Disability Services and the professor as early in the semester as possible to ensure that classroom and academic accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion. All communication between students, the Office of Disability Services and the professor will be strictly confidential.

Grading policy (tentative test dates)
Homework 25%

Exam 1 (9/27)

Exam 2 (11/15) 25%
Final 25%
Grading Scale:
A 93.0% - 100%
A- 90.0% - 92.9%
B+ 87.0% - 89.9%
B 83.0% - 86.9%
B- 80.0% - 82.9%
C+ 77.0% - 79.9%
C 70.0% - 76.9%
D 60.0% - 69.9%
F 0.0% - 59.9%
Exam Solutions
Class participation and attendance will be considered for borderline cases.  
Scale may be lowered if necessary.
Grades will be available for viewing on Canvas.