This course provides an introduction to the mathematical and theoretical foundations of the mechanics of solids and structures. We will begin with the mathematical preliminaries used in continuum mechanics: vector and tensor calculus, then introduce 3D kinematics and strain measures, descriptions of stress in a 3D body, equilibrium, and constitutive rules. These concepts will be applied to develop the constitutive equations for solids, methods for solving boundary values problems that occur in engineering structures, energy methods and foundations of large deformation.
General undergraduate level knowledge in the following areas are required: Mechanics of Materials, Differential Equations, and Linear Algebra.
The course materials are divided into modules which can be accessed by clicking Course Modules on the course menu. A module will have several sections including the overview, content, readings, discussions, and assignments. You are encouraged to preview all sections of the module before starting. You should regularly check the assignment due dates.
We will cover the following topics in the course:
There are no required texts.
It is expected that each module will take approximately 7–10 hours per week to complete. Here is an approximate breakdown: reading the assigned sections of the texts (approximately 3–4 hours per week) as well as some outside reading, listening to the audio annotated slide presentations (approximately 2–3 hours per week), and homework assignments (approximately 2–3 hours per week).
Timely feedback on students' performance is an established learning tool, so we will endeavor to grade and return to you, as quickly as possible, all material that you submit. Homework will normally be graded and returned via the website within a week. If you do not receive a grade on homework that you have turned in, please ask of its whereabouts; it may need to be resubmitted.
This course will consist of the following basic student requirements:
You are responsible for carefully reading all assigned material and being prepared for discussion. The majority of readings are from the course text. Additional reading may be assigned to supplement text readings.
Post your initial response to the discussion questions by the date stated in each module. Posting a response to the discussion question is part one of your grade for module discussions (i.e., Timeliness).
Part two of your grade for module discussion is your interaction (i.e., responding to classmate postings with thoughtful responses) with at least two classmates (i.e., Critical Thinking). Just posting your response to a discussion question is not sufficient; we want you to interact with your classmates. Be detailed in your postings and in your responses to your classmates' postings. Feel free to agree or disagree with your classmates. Please ensure that your postings are civil and constructive.
I will monitor module discussions and will respond to some of the discussions as discussions are posted. Evaluation of preparation and participation is based on contribution to discussions.
Preparation and participation are evaluated by the following grading elements:
Preparation and participation is graded as follows:
Assignments will include a mix of qualitative assignments (e.g. literature reviews, model summaries) and quantitative problem sets. Include a cover sheet with your name and assignment identifier. Also include your name and a page number indicator (i.e., page x of y) on each page of your submissions. Each problem should have the problem statement, assumptions, computations, and conclusions/discussion delineated. All Figures and Tables should be captioned and labeled appropriately.
All assignments are due according to the dates in the Calendar.
Late submissions will be reduced by one letter grade for each week late (no exceptions without prior coordination with the instructor).
Qualitative assignments are evaluated by the following grading elements:
Quantitative assignments are evaluated by the following grading elements:
You will have one week to complete the course final project/exam and they will be due by 5PM exactly one week from their release. You may use the course text to complete the exams.
Exams are graded as follows:
Assignments are due according to the dates posted in your Canvas course site. You may check these due dates in the Course Calendar or the Assignments in the corresponding modules. I will post grades one to two week after assignment due dates. Late submissions will be reduced by one letter grade for each week late (no exceptions without prior coordination with the instructors).
A grade of A indicates achievement of consistent excellence and distinction throughout the course—that is, conspicuous excellence in all aspects of assignments and discussion in every week.
A grade of B indicates work that meets all course requirements on a level appropriate for graduate academic work. These criteria apply to both undergraduates and graduate students taking the course.
EP uses a +/- grading system (see “Grading System”, Graduate Programs catalog, p. 10). 100-90 = A
87-89 = A−
83-86 = B+
80-82 = B
75-79 = B−
72-74 = C+
69-71 = C
66-68 = C−
63-65 = D+
60-62 = D
Final grades will be determined by the following weighting:
% of Grade
Preparation and Participation
Deadlines for Adding, Dropping and Withdrawing from Courses
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Academic Misconduct Policy
All students are required to read, know, and comply with the Johns Hopkins University Krieger School of Arts and Sciences (KSAS) / Whiting School of Engineering (WSE) Procedures for Handling Allegations of Misconduct by Full-Time and Part-Time Graduate Students.
This policy prohibits academic misconduct, including but not limited to the following: cheating or facilitating cheating; plagiarism; reuse of assignments; unauthorized collaboration; alteration of graded assignments; and unfair competition. Course materials (old assignments, texts, or examinations, etc.) should not be shared unless authorized by the course instructor. Any questions related to this policy should be directed to EP’s academic integrity officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students with Disabilities - Accommodations and Accessibility
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For further information or to start the process of requesting accommodations, please contact Student Disability Services at Engineering for Professionals, email@example.com.
Student Conduct Code
The fundamental purpose of the JHU regulation of student conduct is to promote and to protect the health, safety, welfare, property, and rights of all members of the University community as well as to promote the orderly operation of the University and to safeguard its property and facilities. As members of the University community, students accept certain responsibilities which support the educational mission and create an environment in which all students are afforded the same opportunity to succeed academically.
For a full description of the code please visit the following website: https://studentaffairs.jhu.edu/policies-guidelines/student-code/
JHU is committed to creating a classroom environment that values the diversity of experiences and perspectives that all students bring. Everyone has the right to be treated with dignity and respect. Fostering an inclusive climate is important. Research and experience show that students who interact with peers who are different from themselves learn new things and experience tangible educational outcomes. At no time in this learning process should someone be singled out or treated unequally on the basis of any seen or unseen part of their identity.
If you have concerns in this course about harassment, discrimination, or any unequal treatment, or if you seek accommodations or resources, please reach out to the course instructor directly. Reporting will never impact your course grade. You may also share concerns with your program chair, the Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, or the Office of Institutional Equity. In handling reports, people will protect your privacy as much as possible, but faculty and staff are required to officially report information for some cases (e.g. sexual harassment).
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