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Statics of Particles and Rigid Bodies

INTRODUCTION

Engineering mechanics is the branch of science that considers the motion of bodies and the effects of forces on that motion. It may be divided into two parts: statics and dynamics. Dynamics is further divided into kinematics and kinetics.

Statics deals with the special case of a body at rest or a body that moves with a constant velocity. Kinematics is concerned with rates of change of geometrical quantities in a moving system; it does not involve the concept of force. Kinetics treats the causes and the nature of motion that results from specified forces.

BASIC CONCEPTS AND FUNDAMENTAL LAWS OF MECHANICS

The following concepts and fundamental laws are basic to the study of mechanics.

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