Structural Mechanics OpenCourseWare: MIT's Free Undergraduate Class on Structural Mechanics

Published Jan 30, 2009

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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's OpenCourseWare version of 'Structural Mechanics' makes available to the public a free online Aerospace Engineering course. Applying the discipline of mechanics to the analysis of hi-tech aerospace structures is the main focus of this undergraduate course.

Structural Mechanics: Course Specifics

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Structural Mechanics: Course Description

This free course falls under the mantle of MIT's department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. 'Structural Mechanics' was taught by Professor Paul Lagace, and the OpenCourseWare includes Professor Lagace's extensive lecture notes. The course introduces students to the design considerations and analysis of aerospace structures. Stress and strain in two-dimensional planar aspects are explored, as is torsion theory. The study of beams--including the types of beam construction, beam bending and shearing--forms another part of this course. Also covered are stability concerns with respect to the buckling of columns. Although the lecture notes for 'Structural Mechanics' include an overview of structural dynamics, prospective students should be familiar with the fundamentals of materials and structures; the syllabus page of this OpenCourseWare provides a list of the basic concepts upon which this Aerospace Engineering course builds.

To access the lecture notes, exercise problems with solutions, handouts and reading lists that comprise this course, visit the structural mechanics course page.

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