Mechanics of Materials OpenCourseWare: A Free MIT Graduate Course on Materials Engineering

Published Jan 27, 2009

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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) offered a course in 'Mechanics of Materials' as part of its graduate curriculum in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. This course addresses the mechanical properties of polymers, metals and ceramics. It concentrates on the roles of microstructure and processing to control mechanical properties. MIT has made it available free as part of it OpenCourseWare program.

Mechanics of Materials: Course Specifics

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Mechanics of Materials: Course Description

While the study of the mechanics of materials is typically part of civil and mechanical engineering curricula, this specific class at MIT approaches the subject from a materials science and engineering (MSE) perspective. This course examines the displacements, strains and stresses of practically stationary structures exposed to applied loads. Students learn the fundamentals of solid mechanics within the MSE context of performance, properties, structure and processing. Professor David Roylance's class has been divided into stand-alone modules that cover topics, such as tensile response, elasticity, stress, strain, creep, tensor transformations and fracture. This course was originally given in a lecture format and was developed for graduate students in the Department of Material Science and Engineering.

MIT's 'Mechanics of Materials' OpenCourseWare provides eight modules with 31 supporting files in .pdf format, tools, a reading list and related resources (Internet links and slides). If you are interested in learning the materials science side of a topic usually reserved for civil and mechanical engineers, visit the mechanics of materials course page.

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