Mechanics of Solids I

University of Cape Town

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Mechanics of Solids I

  • Host University

    University of Cape Town

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa

  • Area of Study

    Mechanical Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course outline:
    This course aims to develop an understanding of the mechanics of solids. Topics include: statically determinate force systems, free body diagrams; Stress-strain relations, elastic constants; statically determinate stress systems, direct stress, shear stress, bending stress, torsional stress; bending moment diagrams, shear force diagrams, deflection of beams; torsion, and struts. Stress and strain transformations, compound stress in 2 dimensions, and Mohr's circle are also covered.

    36 lectures, 10 tutorials

    DP requirements: +35% class record made of class tests, assignments and participation in all class tests, tutorials.

    Assessment: Class Tests 25%, Examination 75%, June examination 3 hours.

    Course Entry Requirements: MAM1042S, MAM1020 (or equivalent) and PHY1012S, or DP for MAM1003W and PHY1010W

Course Disclaimer

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.


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