Welcome to the COM Engineering 235 Information Page



Any student who has registered for this course should read the Enrollment Instructions below.

General Information

ENGG 235 Engineering Mechanics: Statics is the foundation course in vector mechanics of rigid bodies for engineering students. In addition to a generalized description of the mechanics of rigid bodies at rest, the course addresses specific topics, including analysis of forces and moments acting on particles, rigid bodies, and structures; shear and bending moments in beams; distributed forces; static friction; and moments of inertia.

Pre-requisites for the course include one semester of calculus-based physics (PHYS 207A at COM) and second-semester Calculus (MATH 124 at COM).  MATH 124 may be taken concurrently.  Pre-requisites are enforced at the time of enrollment.

Lectures will be presented simultaneously to traditional students in the classroom, and to online students via the internet, using freely available web-conferencing software (CCC Confer), which allows real-time interaction between students and instructor.  Students can actively participate in these lectures on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:40 - 11:00 am.  All lectures will also be archived for later viewing (or re-viewing) at the student's convenience.

Handouts and assignments will be posted on the course website, and online students must submit homework electronically.

3 'Midterm' Exams and a Final Exam must be taken in person at designated dates and times on the College of Marin Kentfield Campus.  If a student is unable to attend the designated meeting time for an exam, arrangements may be made with the instructor to take the exam at the college's DESC Testing Center at an alternate time on the same date. 

Offsite testing may also be permissible, if a student can arrange to take the exams at her/his local community college in an official testing center or under the supervision of a willing permanent faculty member.  The following colleges are participants in a Joint Engineering Program, and have engineering faculty who are willing to proctor the exams:  Cabrillo College (Santa Cruz), Canada College (Redwood City), Mission College (Santa Clara), Los Angeles Pierce College (LA), West Valley College (Saratoga).

The Syllabus (click here to open) provides a more detailed description of course content and requirements.

For further questions regarding the course content, structure, or expectations, email the instructor at erik.dunmire@marin.edu

Important Announcements about Enrolling in the Course:

  • Students must officially enroll in the class through the COM Admissions Office in order to access the course website and receive credit for the course.
  • When students officially enroll in the course, an account on the course website is automatically generated.  Beginning on the first official day of the term, students can access the course website through their MyCOM student portal by clicking the Engineering Mechanics Statics link in their My Courses list.
  • All students officially enrolled in the course must access the course website by midnight Wednesday of the first official week of the semester. If you are unable to access the course website, you must email the instructor at erik.dunmire@marin.edu before this deadline.  
  • If you are attempting to add the course, you must e-mail the instructor as soon as possible for further instructions.
  • The course website will contain instructions about accessing the online lectures via CCC Confer.
  • For more information on how to register and how to add online classes, consult the Admissions and Records webpage.