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Black Mamba
06-06-2009, 12:32 AM
Hey everyone! I thought I give yall an update on why I havenít been on the boards that much. Super busy with my first engineering class: Engineering Mechanics: Statics. Itís a six week course that Iím taking over the summer that entwines a crap load of math and physics. I havenít even taken a college level physics class yet (I have 3 to take), and havenít even taken Cal. 2 and 3, but Iím still holding my own. I had lots of Cal exposure in high school, so that is allowing me to hang with big guns.

For those who arenít familiar with Engineering Mechanics, hereís a very general definition. Itís split up into two topics: Statics (the one Iím one in) and Dynamics. Statics is the study of rigid bodies where as Dynamics is the study of fluid/motion bodies. For more specifics do some research on Google.

I have my first test on Tuesday, and my mind is filled with nothing but this class. Itís going to be four questions (2 from Chapter 2 and 2 from Chapter 3). I can barely remember my actions as of yesterday, but I can solve things such as the moment of forces. Iím really looking forward to our next chapter because I finally get to do the stuff Iím a natural at: differential and integral calculus. :D Add some physics behind it and should be make more it fun.

This is my book ($150 used):

Recent homework problem:

Some examples of notes and homework problems:



Every practicing engineerís, chemistís, physicistsí, and mathematicianís best friend :cool: (I have an additional graphing and scientific calculator too):

And this is just the beginning, but I love the challenge. So I hope everyone is doing good and hanging in there. It kills me not to be on here much, but with great sacrifices come great rewards. Lil D will be back guns a blazing soon. :punch:

06-06-2009, 04:11 AM
Dang Danelle you are so smart!

I think I'm the only dork on here who actually remembers how to do those awesome integrals, derivatives, and theoretical math....i remember the days. Have fun with that!

06-06-2009, 04:38 AM
Danelle, you are my hero :wub:

06-06-2009, 06:01 AM
If you were applying this stuff to the body, I could help you out. I can solve for moments (torques) and do inverse dynamic calculations...for the purpose of calculating the net forces at joints....my area of study is biomechanics :)

But, when it comes to other structures, I'm screwed.

06-06-2009, 06:50 PM
He he he, I remember all this stuff.....actually scratch that, I remember OF that stuff. I used to have to do alot of vector mechanics in physical chemistry in regards to: Net force on an atom in its theoretical area of space based on a statistical microstate.... :(

Just remember when you get to the more advanced calculus, taht sometimes the answer isnt as complicated as you may think. An integral that looks like "BEAST" can probably just be solved with basic substitution.

Anyway, I think you will do good. Based on how you solved your answers in that picture, it looks like you really organize your answers and your thought process.....Which is more than I can say for myself.

Take care and Good luck , :)

06-06-2009, 07:10 PM
my head hurts...:unsure-1:

06-06-2009, 09:34 PM
That looks really hard and really interesting. Keep up the good work.

06-07-2009, 01:53 AM
I just graduated last year with my BS in Mechanical Engineering and another in Material Science (and I accidentally gained a minor in mathematics since i had to take so many credits)... so here's a tip: KEEP THAT BOOK. You will never escape statics, it will pop up in EVER class until you graduate. But you'll survive. Good luck!

06-07-2009, 02:13 AM
my head hurts...:unsure-1:

Mine too!

06-07-2009, 04:42 AM
my head hurts...:unsure-1:

WHAT??!! You sayin you can't do simple math? :wink:


06-08-2009, 02:12 AM
I remember statics...I had only taken Cal I & II at the time, and took Physics with Cal concurrently with it. Honestly, I enjoyed Dynamics more, and it seemed easier for some reason (prob because I liked it more, lol). Liked Engineering Mechanics...hated Thermodynamics, lol. Oh well, that was many years ago...lol. Hope you do well, I liked the abbreviated summer sessions better myself...fewer distractions!