Mechanical and Civil Engineering Seminar

Thursday January 16, 2020 11:00 AM

History of the Free Body Diagram

Speaker: John F. Hall, Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering, California Institute of Technology
Location: Gates-Thomas 135

The free-body diagram is ubiquitous in modern engineering textbooks on mechanics. How and when did this concept originate? Or has analysis always been done this way? This talk will try to answer the following questions: Who came up with the term "free-body diagram"? Who was the first person to draw a free-body diagram? Did people originally think in terms of free-body diagrams without drawing them? What tools did early analysts use and how have these tools evolved over time?

Series Mechanical and Civil Engineering Seminar Series

Contact: Carolina Oseguera at (626) 395-4271 susta@caltech.edu