De Facio, Brian Formerly, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri.
- Force as a vector
- Superposition and transmissibility
- Components of a force
- Moment of a force
- Additional Readings
The branch of mechanics that describes bodies which are acted upon by balanced forces and torques so that they remain at rest or in uniform motion. This includes point particles, rigid bodies, fluids, and deformable solids in general. Static point particles, however, are not very interesting, and special branches of mechanics are devoted to fluids and deformable solids. For example, hydrostatics is the study of static fluids, and elasticity and plasticity are two branches devoted to deformable bodies. Therefore this article will be limited to the discussion of the statics of rigid bodies in two and three spatial dimensions. See also: Buoyancy; Elasticity; Hydrostatics; Mechanics
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