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Georgia Institute of Technology

Mechanics of Materials III: Beam Bending

Georgia Institute of Technology via Coursera


This course explores the analysis and design of beam bending problems.
Prerequisite Knowledge: You will need to have successfully completed my earlier course “Mechanics of Materials I: Fundamentals of Stress and Strain and Axial Loading” in order to be successful in this course

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  • Welcome
  • Shear Force and Bending Moment Diagrams
    • In this section, we will review sketching shear force and bending moment diagrams.
  • Elastic Beam Bending
    • In this section, we will learn how to analyze and design for elastic beam bending.
  • Inelastic beam bending
    • In this section, we will learn about the analysis and design of inelastic beam bending.
  • Shear Stresses in Beams subjected to Non-Uniform Loading
    • In this section, we will learn how to analyze and design for shear stresses in beams subjected to non-uniform loading.
  • Design of Beams
    • In this section, we will learn how to design appropriate beams for use in real world engineering structures.

Taught by

Dr. Wayne Whiteman, PE


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  • Anonymous
    I highly recommend the series of Mechanical Engineering courses offered by Dr. Whiteman. The courses are self contained if taken in order, and all the theorems given are developed in the class, no formulas are thrown at you, so you can understand w…
  • Anonymous
    Dr. Whiteman is a very good teacher, he makes the complicated physics easy to understand and relate it with real life examples and equipment, which makes the class very interesting. I have taken all 4 courses in Dr. Whiteman's "Mechanics of Materials" and I highly recommend them as fundamental introduction courses for those who are interested in mechanical engineering!
  • Anonymous
    I am interested in studying this course to lecture my students in the academics and improve the shear force and bending movement diagram representing for the beams .it's helpful for the students to understand the concept of learn the shear force and bending movement diagram practically then the theoretical....
  • Anonymous
    The course is very well structured. It gives all the basics, and equip you to attempt complex problems. Apart from the math and laws, Mr. Wayne Whiteman like in all his other courses strives to give you an intuition of mechanics which is essential for a designer. I highly recommend this course.
  • Joe M. Powers
    Dr. Wayne Whiteman,

    This course "Mechanics of Materials III: Beam Bending:" was probably one of my favorites.
    I currently work as an FEA analyst, and its nice to be able to recall some of the concepts from this class.

    Thanks again!

    Joe Powers
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    Great course. I highly recommend it to people interested in mechanical engineering. I wish we had more useful courses on mechanical engineering. Thanks Dr. Whiteman
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    looking forward for more
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