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ME305: Mechanics of Materials

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This course covers concepts of stress, strain, and deformation. We will introduce constitutive relationships that couple stress to strain by the material’s properties. We show how normal and shear stresses can emerge by axial loaded, torsional loaded, bending, and pressure, and we demonstrate how the stresses are combined during more complex loadings. We will show how stress can by transformed to identify the magnitudes and directions of principal stresses. Finally, we will introduce the concept of structural stability to describe the buckling of beams under compressive loading.

The goals of this course are:

  1. To identify and calculate stresses in various engineering structures.
  2. To determine how mechanical structures deform in response to external loads.
  3. To understand how stress and strain combine to enable problems with complex loads to be solved.

Syllabus: Fall 2017

Statics Review: PDF
Statics Review Solutions: PDF

The course progresses through the following topics:

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1454153. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.


ME309: Structural Mechanics

This course covers the application of solid mechanics to structures using concepts from elementary elasticity, energy principles, and introductions to matrix and finite element methods.

The goals of this course are:

  1. To apply solid mechanics and elementary elasticity to structures.
  2. To formulate analytical solutions to simple structures using equilibrium methods and energy principles.
  3. To use numerical methods to predict deformation, stability, and failure of complex structures.

Syllabus: Spring 2021

The course progresses through the following topics:


ME712: Applied Mathematics in Mechanics

This course introduces students to methods of applied mathematics relevant to theoretical and applied mechanics. We will discuss dimensional analysis, scaling, perturbation methods, variational calculus, and differential geometry.

Syllabus: Fall 2020

Notes: Lecture NotesUpdated: 10/5/2020

YouTube Channel: Lectures

The course progresses through the following topics:

  • Lecture 1 – Dimensional Analysis and Projectiles [notes] [video]
  • Lecture 2 – Similarity Variables and Diffusion [notes] [video] [Mathematica]
  • Lecture 3 – Buckingham Pi Theorem and Fatigue [notes] [video]
  • Lecture 4 – Discussing Problem Set 1 [notes] [video]
  • Lecture 5 – Bubbles and Wrinkles! [notes] [video] [Slides]
  • Lecture 6 – How to Nondimensionalize an Equation [notes] [video]
    • Problem Set 2: [PDF]
  • Lecture 7 – Perturbation Methods (Regular) [notes] [video]
    • Intro to Mathematica [MMA]
    • Regular Perturbation [MMA]
  • Lecture 8 – Discussing Problem Set 2 [notes] [video]
  • Lecture 9 – Perturbation Methods (Regular) – Projectiles [notes] [video]
    • Regular Perturbation: Projectiles [MMA]
    • Regular Perturbation: Projectiles (Fancier) [MMA]
  • Lecture 10 – Perturbation Methods (Regular) – Projectiles (cont.) [notes] [video]
  • Lecture 11 – Perturbation Methods (Regular) – System of Equations [video]
    • Thermokinetics [MMA]
  • Lecture 12 – Perturbation Methods (Singular) [video]
    • Singular Perturbation [MMA]
  • Lecture 13 – Boundary Layers [video]
    • Singular Perturbation of an ODE [MMA]
  • Lecture 14 – Multiple Boundary Layers [BREAKOUT ROOMS]
  • Lecture 15 – Multiple Boundary Layers and Two-Timing [video]
    • Multiple Boundary Layers [MMA]
    • Two-Timing [MMA]

Mathematica: Download Student Version — BU Student


Short Course: Swelling of Elastic Materials

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This short course covers Darcy’s law, linear poroelasticity, and the swelling of elastomers. It was presented in two parts at the Complex Motion in Fluids Summer School in Krogerup, Denmark (Aug. 9th – 15th, 2015).


Short Course: Elastic Instabilities for Form and Function

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This short course covers the mechanics of thin structures and their elastic stability. It was presented in three parts at the Universita di Roma, Sapienza in Rome, Italy (May 23rd – 27th, 2015).


Short Course: Confined Fluid Flow – Microfluidics and Capillarity

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This short course covers fundamentals of low Reynolds number fluid flow and its exploitation within microfluidic devices and confined geometries. It was presented in three parts at the Universita di Roma, Sapienza in Rome, Italy (May 23rd – 27th, 2015).


Notes: Theoretical and Applied Mechanics

I am compiling various notes relevant to the study of theoretical and applied mechanics. The notes will not be exhaustive, and are meant to aid in my understanding of the material, or aid in my teaching of the material. Hopefully you find them useful.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1505125. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.