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A New Approach to Mechanics of Materials: An Introductory Course With Integration of Theory, Analysis, Verification and Design

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J. J. Rencis

University of Arkansas

H. T. Grandin, Jr.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Paper No. IMECE2005-79021, pp. 3-10; 8 pages
  • ASME 2005 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Innovations in Engineering Education: Mechanical Engineering Education, Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Engineering Technology Department Heads
  • Orlando, Florida, USA, November 5 – 11, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Mechanical Engineering Education
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4232-0 | eISBN: 0-7918-3769-6
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


This paper presents a description of a first undergraduate course in mechanics of materials. Although many of the features of this course have been used by other faculty and presented formally in textbooks, the authors believe they have united them in a way that produces a course that is unique and innovative. The paper is titled “A New Approach to Mechanics of Materials: an Introductory Course with Integration of Theory, Analysis, Verification and Design”. The subtitle has been included to emphasize the unification of four strategic elements: Theory, Analysis, Verification and Design. The course leads the student through a traditional exposure to theory, but a non-traditional progressive approach to analysis that uses a modern engineering tool. Introduction of verification develops the student’s discipline to question and test ‘answers’. If a problem solution can be formulated in general symbolic format, and if specific solutions can then be obtained and carefully verified, the extension from analysis for one set of variables to the design for different sets of specifications can be done quickly and easily with confidence. Three examples are included to demonstrate the approach and one example considers design.

Copyright © 2005 by ASME



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