MCEN 2023: Statics


Instructor: Prof. Shalom D. Ruben
TA: Jaime Kelleher (OH: TBA)
Lecture: M,W 4:00-5:15pm
Office: ECME 128
Office Hours: TBA

Covers statics of particles, equivalent force systems, rigid bodies, equilibrium of rigid bodies in two and three dimensions, analysis of truss and frame structures, uniaxially-loaded members, deformation and stress, distributed force systems, friction. Lectures and homework assignments involve computer work and hands-on laboratory work in the ITLL, documented by written reports. Prereq., APPM 1360. Prerequisites: Requires prerequisite course of APPM 1360 or MATH 2300. Restricted to students with 27-180 credits (SophomoresJuniorsSeniors) MCEN or EVEN majors or Civil & Envrn Engr Concurrent Degree majors or Mechanical Engr Concurrent Degree majors.

Textbook Resources

  1. Engineering Mechanics: Statics 13th Edition by Hibbeler

Grading Breakdowns

  1. Option 1 (if you DO turn in HW 2)

    1. Midterm 1 (20%) on Feb. 18th from 7-9pm

    2. Midterm 2 (20%) on Apr. 1st from 7-9pm

    3. Final Exam (25%)

    4. Homework (30%)

    5. Participation (5%)

  2. Option 2 (if you DO NOT turn in HW 2)

    1. Midterm 1 (30%) on Feb. 18th from 7-9pm

    2. Midterm 2 (30%) on Apr. 1st from 7-9pm

    3. Final Exam (35%)

    4. Participation (5%)

Desire 2 Learn (D2L)

To access the following material, you must log in to D2L:

  1. Homework Assignments

  2. Solutions



  1. Assignments must be neat, organized and legible. In plain English: If we cannot read your assignment, you will not get credit for it. Typed assignments are welcome.

  2. At the start of each problem, write out a brief description of the problem including given information and what is to be found. Put a box around all final answers.

  3. Show your work enough to fully demonstrate your understating and your arrival at your answer.

  4. Write on only one side of the paper. Pages must stapled be in order (i.e. following the order in which the problems were assigned).

  5. You only have TWO WEEKS from the return date to question the grading.

In-Class Expectations

The following expectations will assist us with the creation of a learning community and a high quality of educational experience. The University of Colorado Classroom Behavior Policy will compliment these expectations:

  1. Turn off your cell phones/ don’t text

  2. No laptops during lectures

    1. Unless approved for taking notes

  3. Refrain from having disruptive conversations

Academic Integrity

You will be asked to complete group homework assignments in this course, but it is also expected that you will abide by The University of Colorado Honor Code at all times.

Late Work

No late work will be accepted