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2.01x introduces principles of structural analysis and strength of materials in applications to three essential types of elastic load-bearing elements: bars in axial loading, axisymmetric shafts in torsion, and symmetric beams in bending. The course covers fundamental concepts of continuum mechanics, including internal resultants, displacement field, stress, and strain.

While emphasizing analytical techniques, the course also provides an introduction to computing environments (MATLAB) and numerical methods (Finite Elements). 

This is the first course in a 3-part series. In this series you will learn how mechanical engineers can use analytical methods and “back of the envelope” calculations to predict structural behavior.  The three courses in the series are:

Part 1 – 2.01x: Elements of Structures. (Elastic response of Structural Elements: Bars, Shafts, Beams).

Part 2 – 2.02.1x Mechanics of Deformable Structures:...

2.01x introduces principles of structural analysis and strength of materials in applications to three essential types of elastic load-bearing elements: bars in axial loading, axisymmetric shafts in torsion, and symmetric beams in bending. The course covers fundamental concepts of continuum mechanics, including internal resultants, displacement field, stress, and strain.

While emphasizing analytical techniques, the course also provides an introduction to computing environments (MATLAB) and numerical methods (Finite Elements). 

This is the first course in a 3-part series. In this series you will learn how mechanical engineers can use analytical methods and “back of the envelope” calculations to predict structural behavior.  The three courses in the series are:

Part 1 – 2.01x: Elements of Structures. (Elastic response of Structural Elements: Bars, Shafts, Beams).

Part 2 – 2.02.1x Mechanics of Deformable Structures: Part 1. (Assemblages of Elastic, Elastic-Plastic, and Viscoelastic Structural Elements). Next session starts January 2018.

Part 3 – 2.02.2x Mechanics of Deformable Structures: Part 2. (Multi-axial Loading and Deformation. Energy Methods). Next session starts October 2018.

These courses are based on the first subject in solid mechanics for MIT Mechanical Engineering students. Join them and learn to rely on the notions of equilibrium, geometric compatibility, and constitutive material response to ensure that your structures will perform their specified mechanical function without failing.

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3 years, 1 month ago
This foundational course in mechanical engineering explores various indignities (stretching, squeezing, twisting, and bending) to which mechanical structures can be subjected, and their behavior in response. While introductory, the course is not easy (it’s MIT, folks!), but is exceptionally well taught. The first four weeks focus on axial loading (the stretching and squeezing) of bars and trusses. Next you move on to torsion and then bending. Each new unit builds on the previous one, and you see how the new concepts are elaborations of what you’ve previously learned. It all comes together in a final unit on elasticity, and there are two optional units that delve further into material stress concepts. What’s covered in class is analytical, but you’ll also begin studying the finite-element (FE) approach to solving structural problems and learn about the computational “solver” tools that engineers use every day. The FE segme... This foundational course in mechanical engineering explores various indignities (stretching, squeezing, twisting, and bending) to which mechanical structures can be subjected, and their behavior in response. While introductory, the course is not easy (it’s MIT, folks!), but is exceptionally well taught. The first four weeks focus on axial loading (the stretching and squeezing) of bars and trusses. Next you move on to torsion and then bending. Each new unit builds on the previous one, and you see how the new concepts are elaborations of what you’ve previously learned. It all comes together in a final unit on elasticity, and there are two optional units that delve further into material stress concepts. What’s covered in class is analytical, but you’ll also begin studying the finite-element (FE) approach to solving structural problems and learn about the computational “solver” tools that engineers use every day. The FE segments neatly parallel the graded class work, with problems you’ve solved analytically now represented visually in an Akselos window. It’s a blast to see what happens to the structure – how the color-coded stresses change and the structure deforms – as you vary the applied forces and structural properties. These segments also provide a glimpse into the world beyond 2.01, where various simplifying assumptions don’t apply. The instruction is unparalleled. Simona Socrate is articulate, engaging, funny, and teaches with chalk-breaking passion. Yes, the class is taught on blackboards (many, actually), but you needn’t take notes – Prof. Socrate has already taken them for you, in color. She knows where you’re likely to get confused and patiently walks you through the minefields. In her opening video, she promises that the class will be a partnership, that she’ll be there for you – and she means it. The staff does a wonderful job keeping up with questions on the discussion board, but the most energetic poster is Prof. Socrate herself. She answers questions. She responds to concerns. She is known to quote Dante. There are 9 weekly problem sets, your best 7 of which account for 30% of the grade. A midterm quiz counts for another 30%, and the final quiz is worth 40%. All of the graded assignments are very fair – even when challenging, none of the problems go beyond what’s been taught. There are also weekly “recitations” in which a staff member solves example problems from start to finish, and Prof. Socrate sometimes posts videos solving some of the more difficult homework or quiz-prep problems. But in all cases, extensive (and extremely well-written) solutions are provided. These deserve close study – collectively, they would make a great textbook. Anyone with even a passing interest in engineering (and a decent background in basic calculus) should take this introduction to how the built world works. Look around you: every structure you see is still standing because the behaviors and vulnerabilities explored in this course have been successfully anticipated. Beams and bones, bridges and nachos -- the concepts you learn in 2.01x are relevant to all of them.
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2 years, 6 months ago
That was awesome.I have learnt strengh of material long time ago and now I remembered every things that were forgot.I really appreciate from every one that provided all of this material.
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3 years, 1 month ago
One of the best MOOCs I have followed till now in the domain of mechanical engineering. Also very help-full (and to my opinion revolutionary in the mooc world) are the embedded Mathlab and Akselos (FEA) plugins. Great course !
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3 years, 1 month ago
One of the course online if not the best, really helpful of an engineer student, excellent lecture and great exercise plus you get to learn useful MATLAB command and tricks
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3 years, 1 month ago
Excelent course. A very high end level and a really challenging experience. In my country we really appreciate the knowledge received from MIT. I am very proud of myself to have finished this course with this hard level.
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3 years, 1 month ago
Highly recommendable. This is an outstanding and truly enjoyable introductory course with a serious academic level. You will have to work 10-12 hours/week. I liked the progressive approach taken to teach the subjects. Didactic (and fun) video lessons; concise and clear board notes; problems and quizzes with outstanding (and very professionally presented) answer sections, which were very helpful to consolidate the acquired knowledge. Dr. Socrates and staff were always available to promptly answer any question. It offers a short review of the basic math and physics concepts required. You also get an introduction to MATLAB and finite element approach using the Akselos software.
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3 years, 1 month ago
This course is better than when one expected. Maybe it would be better to use the matlab offline in own pc and choise to buy the certificate at end of course. But otherwise perfect for improve own skills in mechanics engineering. I hope to enroll in a next course to to study in depth new topics in this wide field. I am a geotechnical engineer from Italy and I find this course wonderful even to improve my technical english. Why not use Python? Thanks a lot. Rocco M
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3 years, 5 months ago
COVERS PRELIMINARY TOPICS OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING IN DETAIL. I COVERED ALL THE TOPICS IN MY SCHOOL IN THREE DIFFERENT SUBJECTS. BUT HERE IN ONE SUBJECT. SO, NEW STUDENTS, GET READY FOR A HARD AND LONG JOURNEY. THIS COURSE REALLY REQUIRE 12 HRS PER WEEK. TILL NOW, WHEN I GO TO FACE AN INTERVIEW OR SOME WRITTEN EXAM I REVIEW THE TOPICS AND MATH PROBLEMS OF THIS COURSE.
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5 years, 3 months ago
I am now in the second year of post graduation but just to understand some of the basic concepts more clearly from MIT professors, I took the course. I am one of those with good knowledge of the subject which I have already learnt. This is the first time that I am taking an online course and it is fabulous. The teaching format, material, exercise problems, assignments and everything are super and outstanding. I really felt awesome while learning the course. Particularly the way axially loaded structural elements are dealt with because starting from the basic level we got to know different things like non- linearity of the material or geometry, force method, displacement method, FEM. Generally no teacher covers like this. And this is what I felt till now an awesome way of teaching a particular topic. Any thing we learn in life, even a very small thing, if we go to the depths of it, then we will definitely know the point of it..... And... I am now in the second year of post graduation but just to understand some of the basic concepts more clearly from MIT professors, I took the course. I am one of those with good knowledge of the subject which I have already learnt. This is the first time that I am taking an online course and it is fabulous. The teaching format, material, exercise problems, assignments and everything are super and outstanding. I really felt awesome while learning the course. Particularly the way axially loaded structural elements are dealt with because starting from the basic level we got to know different things like non- linearity of the material or geometry, force method, displacement method, FEM. Generally no teacher covers like this. And this is what I felt till now an awesome way of teaching a particular topic. Any thing we learn in life, even a very small thing, if we go to the depths of it, then we will definitely know the point of it..... And I hope teachers everywhere will relate different things properly while teaching their own respective subjects. I suggest everyone who wants to know the fundamentals and basic necessary things of structural mechanics take the course as it definitely will enhance your knowledge of structural elements....
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5 years, 3 months ago
This is an amazing course, it requires a lot of responsability but it it is worth. Professor Simona and Staff are always helping us with our doubts , feedback and hints in the Problem Sets. If you do all your homeworks on your own, you won´t have any problem. Another advantage is the usage of Matlab, you can solve some intricate Integrals with the program and check your answers without any problem (I am not used to using Matlab :) ). Generally speaking, the course is really useful and beneficious for people who are studying Mechanical or Civil Engineer. I almost forgot to mention that you will learn something about Finite Element Method which is so wonderful. Another fact I should mention is that if you are from a non-speaking country (As in my case) you´ll improve your Listening skills with this outstanding course. Thank you 2.01x, Phd. Simona, Staff and Edx. Greetings from Ecuador.
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5 years, 2 months ago
This course is really good for Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering students and everyone who like to learn about Structural Elements .This course was really helpful for me and helped me to learn more about the Axial loading,Torsion,Bending and Elasticity,using the Matlab and Finite Element , Make the course more better and helped me solving the problem better than before,also it increase my knowledge about them too.
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5 years, 3 months ago
I liked almost all of it. The thing I did not like so far (5 weeks into the course) is that torsion seems a little harsh/hard to understand; rather, the translation from axial loading to torsion is a bit difficult for me. Anyway, although I am struggling with it, we did not go very deep with torsion, and I managed to keep up.
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5 years, 3 months ago
My favorite part about this class is all of the cute and memorable learning methods Simona teaches in her lectures! I really feel like I get to know the material, not just "understand" it!! You will LOVE! the Finite Element Method learning sequences because they let you see how real structures behave!!!
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5 years, 3 months ago
I would  like to tell that this is an excellent course for some one who is really in need to  develop and reinforce his concepts of mechanics of materials .No doubt,it requires effort from the person taking the course but this course is interesting and you will have fun in learning due to interesting new features. I would recommend this course.
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6 years, 1 month ago
This one is tough, men. I've taken a similar course at my college and boy, I don't remember anything from it. It only looked familiar to me but I can't solve a goddamn thing. Made me realize that my college credit was a dead giveaway. It requires a lot of time from anyone. Just the lectures are a lot (it is taken from a real MIT class). [Hours dude, hours] The instruction was great, I have no qualms on it. My failure is most definitely because of the weakness of my prerequisites. And my slow-paced learning capability. This should have been an awesome complement for my engineering degree. I will definitely go watch the videos and do the exercises in the future (if it is still available) and after my integral calculus, diff. equation, classical mechanics, dynamics, etc. are well in order.
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6 years, 3 months ago
I´m a berkeley graduate civil engineering, and I can say this is the best course on Mechanics of Materialas I have taken This course is 3 times better than Mechanics of Solids of Berkely. Excellent resources, excellent teacher and excellent exams and quizzes
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2 years, 2 months ago
please reopen this course... even if it is just the archived course
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2 years, 3 months ago
please make this course available.........
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why it is not available?? can you uploid it a second time because i'm realy intersted by this course
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