This is the Full Walkthrough, where the basics of Statics are explained. Statics is the study of the forces in structures and objects without acceleration (example: a stationary object has no acceleration). If you've ever taken a physics course, a whole lot of this is probably going to seem obvious or very easy (unless, are you that old that you've forgotten it?). On the other hand, you may be here because you don't known this, and you want to learn. So, just try to stay with it if I seem either too simple or too obscure.

One thing to keep in mind is that math is a very basic part of Statics, as it is of all physics and engineering. Since not everyone may be able to understand all of it, we've organized the sections into levels of difficulty in terms of the math used. All the topics not indented explain the basic concepts and use very basic math, if any at all. Those topics indented one space expand on the concepts and use basic Algebra. Obviously, the one topic indented two spaces uses even more math, but it's still no more than first-year Algebra. However, if you want to be able to analyze structures all on your own (in other words, not using our programs), you'll need to understand all the topics here.

Another thing to be aware of is the vocabulary, which is used to make things clearer. It wouldn't help any if everyone had a different name for a force, would it? Along with this, a convention used throughout this tutorial is that "*" means multiplication. This is so it isn't confused with the letter "x". Finally, as you're reading through this, please notify us about any parts that aren't explained clearly enough.

• What is a Force?
• Parallelogram Law
• Introduction to Vectors
• Calculating Components in a Vector
• Free Body Diagrams and Equilibrium
• Calculating Equilibrium
• Moments, Not What You Thought They Were
• Calculating Moments
• Putting it All Together
• Houston, We Have Indeterminacy

• An Architect's Lofty View