Mechanics of Materials I: Fundamentals of Stress and Strain and Axial Loading

Open Online

Course Description

Continuing on the engineering path of courses that Georgia Tech offers through MOOCs, Mechanics of Materials 1: Fundamentals of Stress & Strain and Axial Loading expands on subjects covered in Introduction to Engineering Mechanics and in Applications in Engineering Mechanics courses. Understanding what causes stress and strain on solid objects will help you problem solve and plan according to design-stable structures.

The methods taught in the course are used to predict the response of engineering structures to various types of loading, and to analyze the vulnerability of these structures to various failure modes. Axial loading will be the focus in this course. You will need to have successfully completed Introduction to Engineering Mechanics and Applications in Engineering Mechanics Coursera courses in order to be successful in this course.

How You Will Benefit

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will learn and understand the following topics:

  • Stress and strain fundamentals
  • Strain diagrams, material properties, and shear stress and strain
  • Stresses on inclined planes
  • Stress concentrations, Mohr’s circle for plane strain, and measuring strains
  • Generalized Hooke’s laws, factor of safety, non-linear behavior and plasticity, statically indeterminate structures, and thermal effects


  • Introduction to Engineering Mechanics course
  • Applications in Engineering Mechanics course

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  • Section 1 – Stress and Strain Fundamentals
  • Section 2 – Stress-Strain Diagrams, Material Properties, and Shear Stress and Strain
  • Section 3 – Stresses on Inclined Planes
  • Section 4 – Stress concentrations, Mohr’s Circle for Plane Strain, and measuring strains
  • Section 5 – Generalized Hooke’s Laws, Factor of Safety, Non-linear behavior and Plasticity, Statically Indeterminate Structures, and Thermal Effects


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Course Info

Course ID: DL 0014M
Course Format: Online