Equations of a continuum for small displacements, applications to linear elasticity. Kirchoff plate theory, problems in advanced strength of materials. Virtual work, minimum potential energy, force and displacement methods of structural analysis. Direct stiffness method. Approximate solutions, geometric stiffness matrix. Linearized buckling. Offered: A.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Class assignments and grading
The course will be accompanied by weekly homework assignments. These assignments will encourage you to apply the theoretical concepts developed during in-class sessions. Unlike undergraduate courses, you also will be asked to develop some steps toward new theoretical development as preparation for lectures.
Homework assignment account for 30% of the final grade. One midterm exam will account for 35% of the grade, and a take-home final will account for the remaining 35%.