Civil Engineering Materials OpenCourseWare: MIT's Free Bachelor Level Civil Engineering Materials Class

Published Feb 18, 2009

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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) offers its 'Civil Engineering Materials' course as free OpenCourseWare. The original course guides students through hands-on lab experiments that familiarize them with the foundational properties of commonly used engineering materials. Students in MIT's Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree program took the course to learn how to measure and analyze the behavior of solids. Now, anyone interested in replicating these lab experiments can peruse the course materials online.

Civil Engineering Materials: Course Specifics

Degree Level Free Audio Video Downloads
Undergraduate Yes No Yes Yes

Lectures/Notes Study Materials Tests/Quizzes
No Yes No

Civil Engineering Materials: Course Description

'Civil Engineering Materials' students complete a series of labs that examine the behavior of solid materials like concrete and soil. Hands-on experiments like these were designed by MIT's Civil and Environmental Engineering Department to help undergraduate engineering students put principles they learned in lectures into practice. In the original lab course, MIT Professor John Germaine used real materials to demonstrate concepts like shear and elasticity. Compression, tension and consolidation are also the subjects of experiments in this course. In addition to bringing important engineering concepts to life, teaching students to formally analyze and report experimental results is another key goal of the class.

'Civil Engineering Materials' OpenCourseWare contains lab instructions and supporting files and videos of lab demonstrations by the professor. If you are interested in this free course, visit the materials of civil engineering lab course page.

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