Mechanics & Materials I

Photo of collapsed concrete bridge roadway over water.

The loading caused by Hurricane Katrina brought down this roadway over Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. (Photo courtesy of NIST.)


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Fall 2006



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This course provides an introduction to the mechanics of solids with applications to science and engineering. We emphasize the three essential features of all mechanics analyses, namely: (a) the geometry of the motion and/or deformation of the structure, and conditions of geometric fit, (b) the forces on and within structures and assemblages; and (c) the physical aspects of the structural system (including material properties) which quantify relations between the forces and motions/deformation.

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Livermore, Carol, Henrik Schmidt, James Williams Jr., and Simona Socrate. 2.001 Mechanics & Materials I, Fall 2006. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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