WELCOME TO ENGR 099 STATICS / VECTOR MECHANICS!
- Principles of statics as applied to particles and rigid bodies under concentrated and distributed force systems in two and three dimensions.
- Analysis of equilibrium conditions in structures, trusses, frames, beams, and cables.
- Equivalent loadings, centroids, dry friction, and other topics.
- Problem solving techniques that will be useful for other technical studies!
Ronald J. Gerola ("Ronnie")
- Associate Faculty, WVC, Engineering, AAS
- Have taught 80+ course sections at WVC over 25 years
- Registered Professional Engineer, State of California
- Certified Project Manager (PMP)
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hours by appointment: Mondays, 5:30-6:30 PM, Room V8.
- Feel free to email during the week with questions - don't wait until class day!
- Engineering Mechanics: Statics, 12th Edition, Hibbeler, Pearson, 2010.
- Like most college textbooks, it's not cheap...sorry about that.
- All students MUST have their own copy of the textbook, as there can be no sharing during exams.
- e-Versions are NOT allowed during exams.
ENGR 099 expects you to solve problems utilizing prerequisite knowledge with minimal class review of those subjects.
- MATH 3B ANALYTIC GEOMETRY AND CALCULUS with grade C or better.
- PHYSICS 4A with grade C or better.
- Descriptions of these required courses appear in the WVC ourse catalog.
- The Admissions and Records Office will enforce prerequisites.
MATH 3B covers the derivative and integral for logarithmic, exponential,trigonometric,
inverse trigonometric, hyperbolic functions, as well as their applications to conic sections,
and polar coordinates, also infinite series.
PHYSICS 4A Mechanics is the first of the series of engineering physics.
It provides the student with an understanding of vectors.
Vectors are utilized in the application of forces in both static and dynamic conditions.
The vector nature of velocity and acceleration are applied in the study of kinematics.
The principles of conservation of energy and momentum are studied in moving and interacting systems.
Additional topics that will be studied include: rotational mechanics, simple harmonic motion,
gravitation, special relativity, mechanical properties of matter. and fluid statics and dynamics.
Problem solutions are emphasized using calculus.
- ENGR 099 is intended to be acceptable for credit at the University of California and California State University systems, as part of WVC's articulation agreement.
- ENGR 099 is likely acceptable for credit at many other colleges, but if in doubt for a particular college, check with them to be sure.
- This status obligates us to meet certain performance standards in terms of course content, technical level, and overall quality.
- Therefore we will strive to stay on task to maintain these standards.
- Supply of staples
- Scientific calculator
- Rule with Imperial and Metric scales
- Pencil sharpener
- Plain unlined white paper
- Graph paper
- You and you alone are responsible for your registration status.
- If at any time you chose to drop the class, it is your responsibility to report that to the Admissions and Records Office.
- Otherwise, the ARO computer may default your course grade to an F!
- Don't assume that the instructor will automatically drop you from the class roster if you decide to stop attending.
ENGR 099 is a course in problem solving with homework problem sets. In order to receive credit for the problem sets, submitted papers must be:
- IDENTIFIED WITH NAME and DATE
- IDENTIFIED WITH ASSIGNMENT NUMBER
Submissions are NOT accepted without all of the above! The following rules for assignment submissions also apply:
- All assignments are always due at the BEGINNING of class on the due date, not part-way through the class.
- Assignments turned in at ANYTIME AFTER DUE DATE receive maximum of half credit.
- If you know in advance that you will miss a class, you may turn in an assigment at an earlier class, or have a friend drop it off in my mailbox in AAS Office before the due date.
- We do not submit assignments by email.
- We do not submit assignments by fax.
- We do not submit assignments by postal mail.
- Doing well in this class requires a committment from you - that you will do the assignments, show up to class, and submit them on time!
- Two (2) 90-minute quizzes and one (1) two-hour comprehensive final examination are provided on dates indicated on class schedule.
- All quizzes and the final exam are open-textbook, closed-notes.
- No materials other than the course textbook and calculator may be used during quizzes and final exam.
- Textbooks cannot be shared during exams.
- Calculators cannot be shared during exams.
- Smartphones cannot be used during exams.
- Once a completed exam is turned in, it cannot be taken back.
- No make-up tests are given, and therefore missed tests will record as a zero score without formal medical documentation or prior approval.
DETERMINATION OF COURSE GRADE:
- 10% Reading Comprehension Exercises (these also indicate attendance)
- 30% Assigned Problem Sets (turned in at beginning of class
- 30% Quizzes 1+2 (given on dates specified in schedule)
- 30% Final Examination (required Final Exam - not optional)
CODE OF CONDUCT:
Syllabus may be changed to meet the needs of the students, but it is the student's responsibility to stay informed.
Students should notify DESP for special needs. Discrimination and sexual harassment should be reported to instructor
and Director of HR. Be aware of the policies on student attendance and academic dishonesty in the WVC Catalog/Schedule.
Withdrawal from the course is the responsibility of the student. West Valley College makes reasonable accommodations
for persons with documented disabilities. College materials will be available in alternate formats (Braille, audio,
electronic format, or large print) upon request. Please contact the Disability and Educational Support Program
at (408) 741-2010 (voice) or (408) 741-2658 (TTY) for assistance.
*** IMPORTANT POINTS TO REMEMBER ***
- Each assignment must be in by its due date at the BEGINNING of class.
- Partial credit will be given on problem assigments and examinations if a logical method and "solution path" is evident.
- Illegible assignment submissions will not be credited - if instructor cannot read it, it is WRONG.
- Attendance and participation in class discussion is required. Departure after class breaks are considered absences.
- Misuse of class time to surf the web, update social media, etc., is considered "tuning out" and therefore an absence from class.
- There are no make-up tests planned, therefore missed tests will register scores of zero.
- The instructor is your FRIEND who wants to see you do well - help him help you to succeed!