Introduction to Statics
Resources for Students
You have probably reached this page through some sort of a search
engine. You're a little early. I have
finished getting the text book on line and will be starting development
of this page soon.
I plan for this part of the Secrets of Engineering website to include:
an old secret and a bit of a
- Sample Quizzes with solutions and grading keys (You can see
sample quizzes from the early version of the book on the Resources for Instructors page.
- Sample Examinations with solutions and grading keys
- ... and other materials, yet to be determined
When Professor Plants entered the University of
Missouri (now UM-Columbia) she had a "photographic memory." She could
look at her textbook and remember the pages, then during examinations
she could mentally "open the book" and refer to it while answering
questions. The trouble was that the test questions were never quite the
same as the examples in the text. She found herself wasting valuable
time by trying to match things up. She learned that it was easier, and
faster, to learn how to solve the problems using the methods the
The purpose of the solutions and grading keys is not to give you
solutions to memorize, it is to show you how an instructor is likely to
look at your work when determining your grade.
After 30 years of teaching statics I have half a file drawer
old quiz and exam keys.