Have you ever wondered why an acrobatic motorcycle rider can loop the loop without falling? When Nik Wallenda walked the tightrope stretched over Niagara Falls, why did he carry a long pole? And how do figure skaters control their speed of rotation by adjusting their posture? Mechanics, the science of studying things under forces and their responses, will help you answer these questions. Back by popular demand, this course will explore the fundamental concepts in mechanics, including how to describe the motion of an object and how to relate the motion to the forces acting on the object. We will use these concepts to perform mathematical calculations for real-life examples such as those mentioned above.
Dr. Tian Tang is a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Alberta. She received her bachelor’s degree in Engineering Mechanics from Tsinghua University (2001) and PhD in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from Cornell University (2005). She has been a professor at the University of Alberta since 2007. Dr. Tang’s research interests lie in the modeling and simulation of soft materials and interfaces. She is a recipient of many awards, including the Adhesion Society’s Distinguished Paper Award (2006) and Outstanding Young Adhesion Scientist Award (2009), the Martha Cook Piper Research Prize (2014), and Canada Research Chairs. Dr. Tang also proudly serves on the Advisory Board of WISEST (Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science and Technology), an organization that empowers young girls (grades 6-12) in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics).