Introduction to statics and the mechanics of deformable solids. Emphasis on the three basic principles of equilibrium, geometric compatibility, and material behavior. Stress and its relation to force and moment; strain and its relation to displacement; linear elasticity with thermal expansion. Failure modes. Application to simple engineering structures such as rods, shafts, beams, and trusses. Application to biomechanics of natural materials and structures.
Fall 2020 Update: Fully Remote - In designing the course we have tried to combine several components to make your learning experience as efficient as possible, while maintaining one of the core aspects of 2.001, which is the creation of a community of learners that will continue to grow through your years at MIT. The instruction you will receive in 2.001 will be a combination of asynchronous (on your own time) and synchronous (meeting together online) activities. You will rely on videos of lecture segments on MITx, interspersed with interactive exercises, to learn the fundamentals of structural mechanics. Also on MITx, will be your PSets. Lab/Recitation meetings (1.5 hrs/week) will occur over Zoom, and we will rely on a “whiteboard app” to work on a shared document with your group (3-people) members, and a recitation instructor (make sure to request your iPad/pencil from MIT!). To make sure you do not miss out on the hands-on components of the 2.001 “discovery labs”, WE WILL MAIL 2.001 KITS to all students in the class. For lecture meetings each of you will be online with us only for 45 minutes on Tuesday and Thursday to work on aspects that have proven difficult to digest, and to take a weekly low-stakes assessment. There will be no traditional midterms/final exams. Rather, your course grade will be based on PSets, Lab/Recitation/Lecture participation, weekly assessments, and other components, including small “creative” projects. We all look forward to working with you in the Fall!
Students in "Mechanics and Materials I" build their foundation through the process of discovery.