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Georgia Institute of Technology

Mechanics of Materials I: Fundamentals of Stress & Strain and Axial Loading

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This course explores the topic of solid objects subjected to stress and strain. The methods taught in the course are used to predict the response of engineering structures to various types of loading, and to analyze the vulnerability of these structures to various failure modes. Axial loading with be the focus in this course. ------------------------------ The copyright of all content and materials in this course are owned by either the Georgia Tech Research Corporation or Dr. Wayne Whiteman. By participating in the course or using the content or materials, whether in whole or in part, you agree that you may download and use any content and/or material in this course for your own personal, non-commercial use only in a manner consistent with a student of any academic course. Any other use of the content and materials, including use by other academic universities or entities, is prohibited without express written permission of the Georgia Tech Research Corporation. Interested parties may contact Dr. Wayne Whiteman directly for information regarding the procedure to obtain a non-exclusive license.


  • Welcome
  • Stress and Strain Fundamentals
    • In this section, we will study the fundamentals of stress and strain as applied to Mechanics of Materials.
  • Stress-Strain Diagrams, Material Properties, and Shear Stress and Strain
    • In this section, we will develop stress-strain diagrams, discuss material properties, and look more in depth at shear stress and strain.
  • Stresses on Inclined Planes
    • In this section, we will develop the stress transformation equations for inclined planes and introduce Mohr’s Circle for Plane Stress
  • Stress concentrations, Mohr’s Circle for Plane Strain, and measuring strains
    • In this section, we will learn about stress concentrations, and discuss plane strain, develop Mohr’s Circle for Plane Strain, and explore methods of measuring strain.
  • Generalized Hooke’s Laws, Factor of Safety, Non-linear behavior and Plasticity, Statically Indeterminate Structures, and Thermal Effects
    • In this section, we will conclude the course by discussing the topics of the generalize Hooke’s Laws for Isotropic materials, factors of safety, nonlinear behavior and plasticity, statically indeterminate structures, and thermal effects in mechanics of materials.

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Dr. Wayne Whiteman, PE


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    The lectures are clear, the Professor has a wide knowledge of what he’s teaching and how to teach it. Also, he uses practical examples to explain phenomenas which are not that easy to understand, such as shear strains. Personally, I would prefer lectures which are longer in minutes. Definitely a great course.
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