MEEM 5110 – Continuum Mechanics/Elasticity
Department of Mechanical Engineering - Engineering Mechanics
Michigan Technological University
Fall 2015

Instructor: Dr. Gregory M. Odegard, Associate Professor
Office: 810 MEEM Building
Phone: (906)487-2329
Classroom: MEEM 402
Time: T,R 9:35-10:50 pm
Office hours: M: 2-3 pm, R: 11 am -12 pm

Optional text: Gurtin, M.E., E. Fried, L. Anand "The Mechanics and Thermodynamics of Continua", Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2010
Other recommended books:

Lectures: PDF files of the lecture notes are provided via Canvas.  


The assignments are due by 4:00 pm of the posted due date. No late assignments will be accepted, however, the score of the lowest set will be discarded.  Students are encouraged to work with others to complete the assignments, however, all work turned in must be original, not a simple copy of someone else’s work.  Students are encouraged to submit assignments directly to Canvas. However, if students want to submit paper copies and want to recieve full credit, multiple pages must be stapled together (no paper clips or fold-overs). The assignments will not be rigorously graded. Students are responsible for making sure that they understand all of the solution steps for each problem.

Exams: The exams will cover material from the homework problems and from the lectures.  Exam dates:


Assignments: 10%
1st exam: 30%
2nd  exam: 30%
Final exam: 30%

Final grades will be based on the the students' scores relative to the average scores of the top members of the class.  Therefore, class performance plays a role in determining the final grade and the number of students who can earn each grade is not limited.  Letter grades: A (90-100%), AB (85-89%), B (80-84%), BC (75-79%), C (70-74%), CD (65-69%), D (60-64%)

Course Topics:
Vector and tensor analysis, kinematics, balance laws, stress tensors, equations of motion, constitutive equations for fluids and solids, linear elasticity

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