Engineering Statics

University of Cape Town

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Engineering Statics

  • Host University

    University of Cape Town

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    2 - 3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course introduces students to engineering statics. Topics include: review of vectors, position, displacement and force vectors, line of action and transmissibility, addition of forces at a point, normal reaction and friction, equilibrium for a particle, connected particles, limiting equilibrium, free body diagrams. Parallel and non-parallel coplanar forces, moment of a force, couples, principle of moments, addition of a force and a couple, resultant and equilibrium for a rigid body, internal forces, toppling and sliding, two-force and three-force systems, compound systems, trusses. Centre of mass of many particles, centre of mass of extended bodies, composite bodies. Distributed forces, pressure distributions. Moments of inertia for areas and masses, parallel axis theorem.

Course Disclaimer

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.


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