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Engineering Statics

Course Code: ENGR 1160
Faculty: Science & Technology
Department: Engineering
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course is intended for students proceeding to studies in Applied Science and Engineering. This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of engineering problem solving, with focus on problem identification, formulation and solution. Topics such as equilibrium of coplanar force systems, analysis of frames and trusses, non-coplanar force systems, distributed loads and friction will be covered.

Course Content

  1.  Basic operations with force systems, including two and three dimensional force systems
  2.  Equilbrium analysis in both two and three dimensions
  3.  Structrual analysis inlcuding plane trusses, method of joint and sections, space trusses, and frames and machines
  4.  Centroids and distributed loads
  5.  Beams and Cables
  6.  Types of Friction and applicatin of friction in machines

Methods of Instruction

Lectures with an emphasis on problem solving sessions and small group work.

Means of Assessment

Term paper                                  5 - 20%


(including on-line as an option)      5 - 20%       

Term exams                               30 - 60%

Final Exam                                 30 - 40%

Learning Outcomes

 Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Apply the concepts of basic principles of equilibrium
  2. Analyze systems of forces and moments using free-body diagrams
  3. Solve problems involving rigid bodies in equilibrium, including basic structural members (e.g., trusses, frames and beams)
  4. Write a paper to evaluate techniques, skills and engineering tools used in modern engineering problem analysis

course prerequisites

BC Pre-Calculus 12 and BC Physics 12  or Douglas College PHYS 1107 or PHYS 1110 or equivalent.


MATH 1120 must proceed or be taken concurrently.

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.