Ames, IA (PRWEB) June 28, 2013
Students learn through active participation in the software’s structured environment that guides them through multiple steps to the solutions of Engineering Statics problems. The software does not have a limited problem bank; students can pose their own problem and solve the problem with the help from the software. The software provides immediate feedback that allows students to fix their mistakes and develop strong foundation in Engineering Statics from the guided problem solving.
In the module on free body diagram, students can draw frames, machines, and trusses by using the drawing tools. The software draws the free body diagrams of the entire structure and each component in the structure. The software guides the students to develop the strategy for determining the internal forces and moments at all the pin or clamped supports and at all the pin joints in the structure.
In the module on beam bending, students can pose their own determinate and indeterminate beam problems. The software guides the students through the steps for calculating the support reactions and for drawing the shear force and bending moment diagrams. At each step, students can access pop-up, help screens that illustrate the essential concepts for beam problems.
In the module on friction, students can pose their own multi-body problems involving slipping, tipping, and impending motion. The software guides the students through the logic of determining the actual motion among the various choices that exist in typical friction problems.
The module on trusses guides the student through the strategy for solving truss problems by using the method of joints. The module on area properties demonstrates the use parallel and rotation axis theorems and the idea of minimum and maximum area moments of inertia. The module on vectors include lessons and problems on direction cosines, polar and spherical coordinate systems, dot product, cross product, moment, couple, and wrench.