Mastering Statics


Course Overview:

Statics is the most fundamental course in Mechanics.
In this course, you will learn the conditions under which an object or a structure subjected to time-invariant (static) forces is in equilibrium – i.e. the conditions under which it remains stationary or moves with a constant velocity-.
You will also learn how to calculate the reaction forces as well as the internal forces experienced throughout the structure so that later you can properly design and size the foundation and the members of the structure to assure the structure’s safety and serviceability.
This course is suitable for learners with interest in different Engineering disciplines such as civil engineering, architecture, mechanical engineering, aerospace.
Non engineering disciplines may also find the course very useful, from archaeologist who are concerned about the stability of their excavation sites to dentists interested in understanding the forces transmitted through dental bridges, to orthopedic surgeons concerned about the forces transmitted through the spine, or a hip or knee joint.
The content will be primarily delivered using light board. Prof. Katafygiotis is going to write and sketch with color markers directly on the board while facing you. You will have an exciting and interactive learning experience online!

What you will learn

Understanding Forces and Moments

This module introduces the basic operations that learners need to know in order to solve statics problems, we will start by reviewing Newton’s Laws, then introduce Forces and Moments and provide an overview of the vector algebra that governs their operations.

Equivalent Systems of Forces and Equilibrium

We will study the effect of a system of forces and couples acting on a rigid body and will state the conditions of equilibrium for particles, rigid bodies and assemblies of rigid bodies. The number of independent number of equations that are necessary and sufficient for satisfying equilibrium will be clearly stated.

Stability and Static Determinacy

We will discuss the important notions of stability and static determinacy. These are concepts that often are not presented clearly enough in some of the textbooks, causing confusion to students.


Trusses are in a sense the simplest structures to analyze, used widely in structures such as bridges, industrial roofs, and cranes. We are going to introduce two methods of analysis, namely the method of joints and the method of sections to determine the member internal forces. In addition, we will study a computer-aided method for analyzing trusses.

What’s included