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Mechanics of Materials

Course Outline

Whether you are an engineer or an architect, it is essential to have a basic understanding about the mechanics of materials. This course introduces engineers and architects to the fundamental principles involved in designing typical components such as drive shafts, floor beams, pressure tanks, and bolted connections found in machines or structures. The topics include the mechanical properties of materials, torsion, bending, stress and strain transformation, beam deflection, and column stability, with the emphasis towards the basic concepts and real-world applications. The course content is based entirely on the textbook Mechanics of Materials by Beer, Johnson, Dewolf and Mazurek or equivalent. This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, the student will:

Course Content

The purpose of this course is to review basic concepts of material analysis and design using the strength of materials approach. You are required to go through each chapter of Mechanics of Materials by Beer, Johnson, Dewolf and Mazurek or Mechanics of Materials by R.C. Hibbeler or an equivalent textbook. If you do not have a hard copy of the above textbooks, you may review each chapter of the following online book by Prof. Madhukar Vable (a hardcopy is also available for purchase through

Introduction to Mechanics of Materials
(PDF, 597 pages)

Please click the above link to download the entire book for your study. Here is the Table of Content of the book:

Chapter 1 Stress
Chapter 2 Strain
Chapter 3 Mechanical Properties of Materials
Chapter 4 Axial Members
Chapter 5 Torsion of Shafts
Chapter 6 Symmetric Bending of Beams
Chapter 7 Deflection of Symmetric Beams
Chapter 8 Stress Transformation
Chapter 9 Strain Transformation
Chapter 10 Design and Failure
Chapter 11 Stability of Columns

You will also gain a good understanding of the subject by reviewing each topic contained on the following web page:

Mechanics of Material Basics: General Equation and Definitions (HTML)


Once you finish studying the above course content you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

Take a Quiz

DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered professional engineer. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.