Course Syllabus Fall 2015
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: Access to WileyPLUS (includes access to the e-Book) for Engineering Mechanics: Statics, by J. L. Meriam, L. G. Kraige and J. N. Bolton (8th ed.).  Publisher: Wiley, ISBN: 978-1-118-80733-0.  There are many different versions of this textbook, (Hardcover, Softcover, Binder Pages and e-Book) all are acceptable.  Older editions of the textbook can also be used.

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.

Learning Outcomes: 

  1. The student will be able to evaluate situations involving Forces by choosing the appropriate conceptual frameworks.
  2. The student will be able to recall relevant physical models and to successfully apply these models using techniques of symbolic and numerical analysis in order to generate solutions to problems in Statics.
  3. The student will be able to think critically by utilizing problem solving techniques to evaluate and analyze context rich, multi-step problems in Statics, selecting relevant information, selecting an approach to solving the problem and carrying out the analysis needed to generate and communicate solution(s).

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 (9/25)

Exam 2 (11/13) 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.