Summer 2021 Welcome Letter- crn#50168 and 50176

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Welcome to Statics (Summer 2021 crn# 50168 and 50176)

Dear Student,

My name is Jeff Jones, and I will be your instructor in the upcoming online version of Statics (ENGR250). This letter is to inform you of some important details prior to the commencement of this online class.  Please make sure you do not have any conflicts with the exam times listed below.  Please read this page carefully!!


For many of you this will be your first true engineering class and I would like to congratulate you on making it to this point.  It is quite an achievement to have passed all of the math and physics classes required to take this class, you are the "cream of the crop"!


Tentative Test Dates:

There are no exams/Tests for this class.  Your grade will be based on daily quizzes that can be taken online.


Time Requirement

This class is an extremely important class and requires about 15 hours a week of studying during a regular term. In the summer plan on 40 hours/week because of the accelerated pace.


Book Requirements

You will not be purchasing the course materials in the bookstore but you will be required to purchase them online.  More instructions will be provided on Canvas.  Access fee: $69.


Optional: The textbook "Vector Mechanics for Engineers- Statics, 7th ed. by Beer/Johnston" is an optional text.  You can pick up your hardcopy for the semester at the Reserve Desk in the library.  Please return it at the end of the term, otherwise you will be billed $50 for it.  This book is completely optional and nothing will be assigned from it.  This is an older edition and cannot be purchased in the bookstore.  You are free to use the reserve copies or go online to and buy a used copy for a fraction of what the current version is selling for, about $240.


Web Site Requirements

We will be using Canvas ( as this is the site that will be managing the course and it is required.  It will have the weekly activities including quizzes, videos, and homework assignments.  I will send you more information as we get closer to the start of the class.


How to use Canvas

Canvas is an online classroom management system that this class will be using.  For more information on how to use it check out the "How-To" links here: to an external site.


Resources for Learning

-Post questions in the class discussion forum.

-Watch the assigned video lectures online on Canvas.

-Read the book or the various links provided.

-Visit the Tutorial Center Links to an external site. to an external site.

-Homework and quizzes.

-Study groups.

-Disabled Student Services: Links to an external site. to an external site.


Contacting the Instructor

If you have a non-private question then please post it in the class discussion forum on Canvas, this way other students can benefit from my reply.  If it is a private message then please use the messaging system from within Canvas rather than sending an email via my Cuesta account.  Using the messaging system within Canvas will allow me to have a record of our conversation associated with the class and also won't get marked as spam that may happen with the Cuesta email account.  If none of the above contact options work then you can email me at my Cuesta email account:



This class will be using Proctorio or Zoom for quizzes and exams.  Please refer to this link for more information:


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