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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

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

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)

By reviewing the materials contained in the Related Links below, you will gain a better understanding of the subject.

Note A: Please click on the above underlined hypertext to view, download or print the document for your study. Because of the large file size, we recommend that you first save the file to your computer by right-clicking the mouse and choosing "Save Target As ...", and then open the file in Adobe Acrobat Reader from your computer.

Because this course is offered as a "live" course, you are required to attend the webinar at the scheduled time and date. Please check the Webinar Schedule under course description on our website for currently scheduled meeting date and time. We will send you an invitation to the webinar through email approximately 24 hours before the webinar (confirmation of the receipt of the invitation is required). The certificate of completion will not be issued unless you attend the webinar and pass a quiz. Thank you for your cooperation.

Related Links

For additional technical information related to this subject, please visit the following websites or web pages:

Mechanics of Material Basics: General Equation and Definitions
Mechanics of Materials by Mansfield Merriman
Strength of Materials Wikipedia
Stress & Strain Calculator
Glossary - Mechanics of Materials


Before you attend the webinar, you need to print the quiz questions from your browser for your study during the webinar. At the end of the webinar, you need to complete the quiz and submit your answers to obtain the PDH credits.

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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.