GE 201: Statics

GE 201
Department of Civil Engineering
King Saud University
Course Description:
GE 201 Statics
(Required for a BSCE degree)
Force systems; vector analysis, moments and couples in 2D and 3D. Equilibrium of force systems. Analysis of structures; plan trusses and frames. Distributed force system; centroids and composite bodies. Area moments of inertia. Analysis of beams. Friction. 3 (3,1, 0)
Prerequisite MATH 106 and MATH 107,
Prerequisite by Topics:
  1. Knowledge of mathematics and physics.
  2. Understanding calculus including, integration and matrices.
  3. Determining the area properties of various cross sections.


Course Learning Outcomes Students completing this course successfully will be able to
  1. Analyze 2D and 3D force system and calculate moment about any point/axis in a 2D and 3D structures
  2. Analyze truss, beam, and frame structures using equilibrium equations
  3. Locate centroid of regular and composite cross sections
  4. Evaluate area moment of inertia of engineering cross sections about different axes.
  5. Analyze and solve friction related equilibrium problems
Topics Covered
  1. Introduction (2 hrs)
  2. Force Systems: 2D and 3D (15 hrs)
  3. Equilibrium, system isolation (4 hrs)
  4. Analysis of trusses and frames (8 hrs)
  5. Distribution of forces, centroids and composite bodies (4 hrs)
  6. Area moment of inertias (4 hrs)
  7. Shear force and moment diagrams for simple determinate beams (3 hrs)
  8. Friction (2 hrs)
Class/ tutorial Schedule Class is held three times per week in 50-minute lecture sessions. There is also a 50-minute weekly tutorial associated with this course.
Contribution of Course to Meeting the Professional Component Students learn the analysis process to be involved in designing various engineering components used in professional engineering.
Relationship of Course to Program Outcomes
  1. Students apply algebra, elementary calculus, and engineering science
  2. Students are able to identify and formulate an engineering problem and to develop a solution.
  3. Students recognize the importance of analysis in designing various engineering components.
  4. Students are encouraged to submit accurate analysis in an efficient and professional way.
  5. Students recognize the importance of reading and understanding technical contents in English in order to achieve life–long learning and be able to carryout their responsibilities.
  6. Students recognize the importance of working in multi-disciplinary teams.
Textbook(s) and/or Other Required Material
Engineering Mechanics, Volume 1, Statics,
7th Edition, SI units Version
by J. L. Meriam and L. G. Kraige
Date First Semester 1438-39 (2017-18)
Instructors Prof. M. Iqbal Khan – Coordinator (Office: 2A83).
Prof. Tarek Almusallam (Office: 2A28).
Prof. Nadeem Siddiqui (Office: 2A89).
Dr. Ahmet Tüken (Office: 2A90).
Dr. Yassir Abbas (Office: 2A84).
Dr. Fahed Alrshoudi (Office: 2A69).
Dr. Ali H. Altheeb (Office: 2A63).
Dr. Abdulrahman Albidah (Office: 2A52).

Grade Distribution
       Mid-term Exams                                                                                               45%
       Model Demonstration (MD): Attendance in MD and report writing                   5%
       Tutorial & Homework                                                                                        10%
       Final Exam                                                                                                        40%
Class Quizzes and Tutorial:
Quizzes will be conducted from time to time in both lecture and tutorial classes.
Tutorial marks will be based on attendance, quiz and homework.
Mid Term Exams:
First Mid-Term                         Thursday          2 November 2017                                 6:00 – 7:30 pm
                                                Week 7             (13 Safar 1439H)
Second Mid-Term                    Thursday          7 December 2017                                 6:00 – 7:30 pm
                                                Week 12           (19 Rabi I 1439H)

Course Materials