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Checklist for Solving Statics Problems

Solving statics problems can be complicated; each problem requires a list of items to account for and equations to create and solve. Solve statics problems with ease by using this checklist: [more…]

Statics: Computing Submerged Surface Pressures

When working submerged surface problems in statics, remember that all submerged surfaces have a fluid acting upon them, causing pressure. You must compute two pressures: the hydrostatic pressure resultant [more…]

Calculating a Region or Load's Center of Area: Centroids

The centroid or center of area of a geometric region is the geometric center of an object's shape. Centroid calculations are very common in statics, whether you're calculating the location of a distributed [more…]

Statics: Developing Shear and Moment Diagrams

Shear and moment diagrams are a statics tool that engineers create to determine the internal shear force and moments at all locations within an object. Start by locating the critical points and then sketching [more…]

Cartesian Vector Formulas for Solving Statics Problems

In many statics problems, you must be able to quickly and efficiently create vectors in the Cartesian plane. Luckily, you can accomplish your Cartesian vector creations easily with the handy vector formulas [more…]

Statics For Dummies Cheat Sheet

As with any branch of physics, solving statics problems requires you to remember all sorts of calculations, diagrams, and formulas. The key to statics success, then, is keeping your shear and moment diagrams [more…]

Finding Your Way around Your Body

When you develop a new health problem in a particular area of your body, it can help to know which structures are beneath your skin. The following diagrams give you some clues. [more…]

Types of GIS Output

You know that your GIS (geographic information system) provides maps — that's its basic function and probably the reason you bought it. But a GIS offers more than maps, and the following list includes [more…]

What You Can Do with GIS

With GIS (geographic information system) you can do all sorts of geography-related stuff — find places, of course, but also find the best place to locate your business, among other things. The following [more…]

Grid-Based GIS Map Functions

If your GIS (geographic information system) is grid-based, you have access to some cool, algebra-based functions. The following table shows the functions, where they work, and what you can do with each [more…]

GIS Map Characteristics to Keep in Mind

Your GIS (geographic information system) is very handy and a great navigation tool, but what you see on the GIS screen isn't necessarily what the actual terrain looks like. As you use your GIS, remember [more…]

GIS For Dummies Cheat Sheet

A GIS (geographical information system) is a fun and functional piece of equipment that offers maps, and so much more! You can analyze terrain and compare maps, keeping in mind the fact that the map you [more…]

Key Weather Words Defined

If you want to talk about the weather, it helps to know the lingo. The following list contains words both common and uncommon you need to know to discuss weather and weather conditions knowledgably: [more…]

Types of Cloud

Clouds play a large role in discussing, predicting, and watching the weather — not to mention providing scope for daydreams and flights of fancy. The following list describes the common cloud types that [more…]

Weather For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Who doesn’t talk about the weather? But, if you know the meanings of some key weather words, you can talk even more fluently. And clouds provide scope for imagination and help in predicting and anticipating [more…]

Symbols Used in Electronics Projects Schematics

If you get involved in electronics projects — building radios or metal detectors or motion detectors or whatever — it helps to know the symbols used in schematics. The symbols in the following list are [more…]

Safe Soldering Checklist

If you’re tackling an electronics project, you’re tackling soldering as well. Soldering poses a few different dangers: The soldering iron itself gets mighty hot; the solder [more…]

Types of Switches Used in Electronics Projects

A switch seems simple enough: You flick it one way to go on and the other way to go off. With an electronic project however, understanding how different types of switches operate helps you decide which [more…]

Electronics Projects For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Electronics projects often start with schematics that tell you what type of electronics to use where. Getting familiar with the symbols used in schematics takes you from “what the heck does this mean?” [more…]

Anatomical Body Cavities

Medical shows and crime shows have made body cavities all too familiar, and anatomically speaking, these spaces are very important, providing housing and protection for vital organs. The following list [more…]

Anatomic Organ Systems

If you’re talking anatomy and physiology, you’re talking about the human body and its organs. The 11 systems in the following list provide the means for every human activity from breathing to eating to [more…]

Describing the Anatomic Position

To describe or talk about human anatomy, you need to start from an agreed-upon view of the human body. The anatomic position for the human form is the figure standing upright, eyes looking forward, upper [more…]

Anatomic Terms

When you’re talking anatomy in a scientific way, everyday words such as front, back, side, above, and below just aren’t precise enough. Instead you use the anatomic terms in the following list: [more…]

Anatomical Planes of the Body

You may not think about the planes of your body much, but you have them nonetheless, and if you’re talking anatomy, knowing the names of the planes comes in handy. [more…]

Anatomy & Physiology For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The human body is a beautiful and efficient system well worth study. In order to study and talk about anatomy and physiology, you need to be familiar with standard anatomic positions and anatomic terms [more…]

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