This unit of study aims to provide a basic understanding in the two broad areas of statics and electrical fundamentals. The following topics are covered in two parts:

Part A - Statics: Part A introduces the concept of force, resultants and components, levers and moments. Free body diagrams, 2D and 3D statical equilibrium concepts are covered. Part A further explores the analysis of pin jointed trusses, statically determinate beams/shafts including loads, reactions and internal forces. Bending moment and shear force diagrams are also studied and applied.

Part B - Electrical Fundamentals: Part B begins with an introduction on Ohm's and Kirchhoff's laws. Series and parallel resistor circuits are analysed and their equivalent resistive circuits are developed. DC sources are studied. Part B examines the analysis of single and multiple loop circuits as well as voltage dividers. The Nodal Voltage method, the Principle of Superposition, Thevenin's Theorem, Norton's Theorem, and equivalent circuits will be emphasised. Part B concludes with a discussion on diodes and voltage amplification in electrical networks. 

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NEF1102 - Engineering Physics 1

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Evaluate states of statical equilibrium for objects subjected to forces/couples in two/three dimensions, including external 'freebody' force/couple diagrams;  
  2. Assess internal forces in simple pin-jointed trusses, beams and frames including axial force, bending moment and shearing force diagrams;  
  3. Apply Ohm's law and Kirchhoff's laws in single and multiple loop circuits;  
  4. Analyse DC circuits by Nodal Voltage Method, the Principle of Superposition, Thevenin's Theorem, and Norton's theorem;  
  5. Calculate voltage amplification in electrical circuits; and  
  6. Collaborate with team members to solve problems, undertake basic Engineering analysis and design, and write technical lab reports.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Laboratory Work Laboratory Reports 20%
Test Two tests (covering Part A) 40%
Test Two tests (covering Part B) 40%

Required reading

Engineering mechanics: statics 12th edn in SI units
Hibbeler, 2010
Singapore, Pearson/ Prentice Hall

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