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2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ME 207 - Mechanics of Materials

3 lecture hours 2 lab hours 4 credits
Course Description
This is the first course in the mechanics of deformable bodies. Topics include stresses and strains produced by axial loading, torsion, and bending; elastic deflections of beams; effects of combined loading; and buckling of slender columns. Laboratory topics will reinforce lecture material. Not for credit for students who have credit in either AE 201 or AE 2011 . (prereq: ME 205  or ME 255, MA 231  or MA 2314  or MA 226)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Determine stresses resulting from axial, bending, torsion, and transverse loading
  • Apply Hooke’s Law for materials with linear stress-strain behavior
  • Construct shear and bending moment diagrams for statically indeterminate structures
  • Determine the stress state in a member resulting from combinations of loads
  • Know how to find principal stresses for a state of plane stress
  • Determine beam deflections by integrating the moment equation
  • Be familiar with the Euler buckling load for columns of various end conditions

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Statics
  • Integral and differential calculus

Course Topics
  • Review of statics, reactions, internal loads
  • Concept of stress and strain
  • Mechanical properties of materials
  • Axial loading
  • Stress concentrations
  • Torsion
  • Shear and moment diagrams
  • Bending stresses
  • Transverse shear
  • Combined loads
  • Stress and strain transformations, including Mohr’s circle and strain rosettes
  • Principal stresses
  • Beam deflections

Laboratory Topics
  • Specimen in tension or compression
  • Uniaxial loading in a truss
  • Shear of joined sections
  • Combined stresses
  • Stresses in beams
  • Beam deflection
  • Stress-strain curve

Dr. Robert Rizza

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