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Peter Mackenzie-Helnwein
CEE 220
Seattle Campus

Introduction to Mechanics of Materials

Introduction to the concepts of stress, deformation, and strain in solid materials. Development of basic relationships among loads, stresses, and deflections of structural and machine elements such as rods, shafts, and beams. Load-carrying capacity of these elements under tension, compression, torsion, bending, and shear forces. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in A A 210. Offered: WSpS.

Class description

Learning Objectives

The primary goals of this course can be stated as follows. Upon completion of this course, each student should:

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Learning is achieved by active exposure to the material. Instruction is thus composed of

Recommended preparation

This course focuses on stress analysis for standard structural elements such as rods, shafts, and beams. In order to perform stress analysis you will have to determine internal forces (axial and shear) and internal moments (bending moment and torque). How to do so is covered in AA210-Statics, which is a prerequisite for this course. If you feel uncomfortable with the material covered by AA210 be prepared to put in some extra time for reviewing that material again before attempting any exam in this course.

Class assignments and grading


Various mechanisms will be used to help us all achieve these goals and to evaluate our levels of success. There will be reading assignments for each class, weekly homework with both group and individual components, on-line quizzes, a set of basic competency exams (approximately 10 minutes each), group design projects with written and/or oral presentations, two 1-hour exams, and a 2-hour final exam. There will also be various hands-on activities, which typically will be ungraded beyond keeping a record of participation. The grading breakdown will be as follows:

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Peter Mackenzie-Helnwein
Date: 02/28/2006