Instructor: Dr. Steven A. Jones

Phone: 257-2288

Office Hours: M-F 2-4 pm



Statics and Mechanics of Materials - An Integrated Approach, Second Edition, W.F. Riley, L.D. Sturges and D.H. Morris, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, 1995, ISBN 0-471-43446-9.



††††††† Lab Report†††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††5%

††††††† Design:†††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††10%

††††††††††† report = 6%

††††††††††† presentation = 3%

††††††††††† performance = 1%

††††††† Homework†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 15%

††††††† Attendance††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 10%

††††††† Exam 1†††††††††††††††††††††††† †† †††††††††††20%

††††††† Exam 2†††††††††††††††††††††††† †† †††††††††††20%

††††††† Exam 3 (Comprehensive)††††††† †††20%


Grading will be based on technical considerations (selection of your project, engineering analysis, appropriateness of assumptions, computational accuracy, etc.) and non-technical considerations organization, neatness & professional approach, grammar, spelling, & writing).



†††† A†††††† 90 - 100%†††† (highest degree of excellence)

†††† B†††††† 80 - 89%†††††† (superior)

†††† C†††††† 70 - 79%†††††† (average)

†††† D†††††† 60 - 69%†††††† (quality of work that is minimum for receiving course credit)

†††† F†††††† < 60%†††††††††† (failure)



You are required to attend class and to complete the assigned work.Failure to reach all of the following minimum levels of performance will result in a grade of F in the course:


        a grade of 50% or higher on at least half of the homework assignments;

        completion of the lab, design project and presentation.



Approximately one homework assignment will be given per class period. To encourage students to follow along on homework solutions, homework assignments are due at the END of the period on the indicated date. LATE HOMEWORK WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.Once I have left the classroom, any uncollected homeworks will be considered to be late.


Discussion of homework problems among students is encouraged. However, any exchange of written information regarding the homework problems is considered cheating. In accordance with Louisiana Tech University policy, the consequences of cheating may include expulsion from the course with a grade of "F".


Homework must be neat and legible.


Each homework will be graded on a 20 point scale.Sometimes only one or two of the problems in a homework set will be graded.It is expected that grading a sample of the problems will result in a final homework average similar to that obtained if all problems were graded.If you happen not to attempt the problems that are graded, you will not receive any credit on the homework, even though you may have worked a problem that was not graded.



One laboratory project will be assigned that involves the completion of a formal technical report.The required format for the reports will be given when the particular lab is assigned. The lab will be an INDIVIDUAL project.Data will be collected in class, but all reporting (entering data into program, generating graphics files, writing the text, etc.) must be completed individually without assistance of others.


A number of other labs will be done partially in class and partially out of class.For these, you will submit computations, data plots, and your analysis as a team OR individual homework assignment.


Late projects will be penalized 10% per day, including Saturday and Sunday (2 days late means that the maximum possible score is 80%). Projects turned in on the due date AFTER the beginning of class will be considered one day late. No report more than 5 days late will be accepted.



One design project will be assigned. The projects will be submitted as a formal technical report and as a 6 minute oral presentation.The required format for the report and guidelines for the oral report will be given when the design project is assigned.All team members MUST speak during the design presentation.


The design project will be a team effort, and each team member will complete an evaluation of the other team members.The work must be performed entirely by the team, and all team members must participate.


Late design reports will be penalized 10%/day, including Saturday & Sunday (2 days late means that the maximum possible score is 80%). Projects turned in on the due date AFTER class begins will be considered one day late. Reports more than 5 days late will receive a zero grade.



Some Laboratories and the design project will require that students complete peer evaluation forms for the members on their team.These evaluations will be confidential and will be used in computing an individualís score on the design or laboratory assignment in question.



Regular and punctual class attendance is required (refer to the 2001-02 bulletin regarding attendance), and an unexcused absence for an examination, pop quiz, or presentation will result in a zero grade.