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ENGR 214


Syllabus for Engineering 214 Fall 2019

Meeting times:

11:00-11:50 daily in SAM 202


Office Hours:



François Lepeintre

SAM 212: T, Th 12:20-1:00 pm, W 9-10 am, and F 12:30-1:30 pm

(206) 934-5438



"Statics" by Bedford & Fowler, Prentice Hall. 4th edition.


Physics 221 and Math 151, both with 2.0 or better.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course, students will be able to do the following:

  • Identify and classify forces and moments in a variety of engineering situations and draw the corresponding free-body diagrams.
  • Solve problems in two and three-dimensional equilibrium problems by summing vector forces and moments.
  • Solve problems¬† for forces in structures using the methods of joints and sections
  • Calculate centroids and moments of inertia for two-dimensional shapes.
  • Solve problems with static and kinetic friction.

Course Content:

Components of Force and Free Body Diagrams
Moments and Couples
Equilibrium of Rigid Bodies / Trusses, Frames and Machines
Centroids and Center of Gravity
Internal Forces / Axial, Shear, Bending Moments
Moment of Inertia

We should cover thoroughly chapters 1 through 6, and some of the contents of chapters 7 through 10.


Homework: 10%
Bridge project + presentation: 15 %
Quizzes (about 6 one-hour quizzes, the lowest score is dropped): 75%


There will be about 6 one hour exams (one about every two weeks). The lowest score will be dropped. There won't be any make-up exams. If you miss one exam, that exam score will be the one that is dropped.


A set of problems from the text will be assigned on a weekly basis. These assignments are chosen to highlight the important concepts and problem solving techniques found in the chapter.

Homework will be group assignments. You can form groups of 2 or 3 students.

Your homework must be turned in on time. I won't accept any late homework.

Bridge project:

A key part of the Engineering profession is to apply what you learn in school to a practical situations. In this class, you will be asked to design, build, and analyze a bridge (details).

Special Assistance:

Students with documented disabilities requesting class accommodations, requiring special arrangements in case of building evacuation, or have emergency medical information the instructor should know about are asked to contact the disability support services office (DSS) in Rm. 1112. Once the disability is verified with DSS you will be given a letter of accommodation to be handed to your instructor.

Title IX:

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My contract to you!

If you come to class, do your homework and genuinely try to learn the concepts, I promise you to do my best to make your time as valuable as I can!

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