Fall 2022 - MSE 221 D100

Statics and Strength of Materials (4)

Class Number: 1003

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 7 – Dec 6, 2022: Mon, 2:30–3:20 p.m.

    Sep 7 – Dec 6, 2022: Thu, 2:30–4:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 9, 2022
    Fri, 3:30–6:30 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    PHYS 140, MATH 152.



Covers fundamental concepts of Statics and Strength of Materials. Statics: 2D and 3D force and moment systems. equilibrium of rigid bodies, analysis of structures, distributed forces, centroids and moments of inertia. Strength of Materials: introduction to stress and strain, axial loading, torsion, pure bending, analysis and design of beams for bending and combined loading, deflection of beams, and transformation of stresses. Students with credit for SEE 221, ENSC 281 or ENSC 385 may not take this course for further credit.


Statics: the science that describes and predicts the conditions of rest of bodies under the action of forces.

Strength of materials (mechanics of materials): the science that prescribes and predicts the stress and deformation of materials and structures under the action of forces

Course Content (approx.)

  • Week 1: Introduction to Statics
  • Week 1-2: Statics of Particles; Moments and Couples
  • Week 2-3: Rigid Bodies and Equivalent Force Systems
  • Week 3-4 Equilibrium of Rigid Bodies
  • Week 4-5: Distributed Forces: Centroids and Centers of Gravity
  • Week 5-6: Analysis of Structures
  • Week 6: Moments of Inertia
  • Week 7: Stress and Strain, allowable stresses, safety factor
  • Week 8-9: Axial loading
  • Week 9-10: Torsion and Circular Shafts
  • Week 10-11: Pure Bending
  • Week 11-12: Analysis of Beam under Bending
  • Week 13: Deflection of Beams


Lectures will involve presentations, discussions, Q&A sessions and working though example problems. It is encouraged that you attend all lectures and actively participate to help you understand the Course Material.


Tutorials sessions are an opportunity to work on assignments and assistance will be provided.


This Course has Labs to help you understand the material and use various engineering tools.  You will work with your Lab Group on the Lab and associated report and submit one report per lab group for each Lab. Attendance at the Lab sessions is a mandatory component of the Course (except due to illness, compassionate reasons or extenuating circumstances).

Design Project

This Course includes a design project were you will use the information learnt in this Course to analysis an existing structure, generate design ideas and evaluate these various potential design changes.

Midterm Exams

There will be two midterm exams for this Course, on [dates to be confirmed]. Details on the midterm content and expectations will be communicated to the student before the exam.

No make-up midterm exams will be offered. If a student misses a midterm exam due to illness, compassionate reasons or extenuating circumstances, the weight of the midterm exam will be added to the Final Exam.

Final Exam

There will be a Final Exam for this Course. Further details on the expectations will be communicated to the student before the exam.


Upon satisfactory completion of the subject, students are expected to

  • Use equilibrium conditions to find forces and moments on structure
  • Calculate center of gravity and moment of inertia for objects
  • Calculate stresses and strains of structures or machines
  • Analyze statically determinate and certain indeterminate load-bearing structures
  • Identify critical locations in structures and suggest design changes



The final course grade will be determined based on the ability of the student to understand and application of the Course Outcomes.  The weighting of each of these components will be as follows:

Evaluation Component

Percentage of overall mark

Laboratory Reports


Design Project


Midterms (2)




Final Examination 


The mark distribution apply to all students enrolled in the class, with no exception except due to illness or extenuating circumstances. In particular, a student’s marks will not be redistributed because s/he/they has received poor marks on one of the Course components.



Beer, F.P, Johnston, E.R., DeWolf, J.T., and Mazurek, D. F., Statics and Mechanics of Materials, 3rd  Edition, McGraw-Hill.


Older editions of the textbook from previous years may be used; the onus is on you to figure out the corresponding pages on these books for assigned readings and references.

ISBN: 1260226751


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