Mechanics of Deformable Structures: Part 1

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Many natural and man-made structures can be modeled as assemblages of interconnected structural elements loaded along their axis (bars), in torsion (shafts) and in bending (beams). In this course you will learn to use equations for static equilibrium, geometric compatibility and constitutive material response to analyze these structural assemblages.

This course also provides an introduction to behavior in which the shape of the structure is permanently changed by loading the material beyond its elastic limit (plasticity), and behavior in which the structural response changes over time (viscoelasticity).

This is the second 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: Ba...

Many natural and man-made structures can be modeled as assemblages of interconnected structural elements loaded along their axis (bars), in torsion (shafts) and in bending (beams). In this course you will learn to use equations for static equilibrium, geometric compatibility and constitutive material response to analyze these structural assemblages.

This course also provides an introduction to behavior in which the shape of the structure is permanently changed by loading the material beyond its elastic limit (plasticity), and behavior in which the structural response changes over time (viscoelasticity).

This is the second 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). Next session starts October 2017

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

 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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Andrés López

10/10 starsCompleted
5 months ago
It was really amazing. The way simona introduces all the concepts are absolutely incredible. The patform has run very very good. The exercises are a little demanding but I think that it's necessary to assimilate the concepts. For me it has been a great experience, I've had to employ a lot of time but I was worth it. Thank you for this course.
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Gopal Das

10/10 starsTaking Now
5 months ago
All are really amazing..... Content of course was nicely designed to learn and thanks to our instructor to make them very easy and understandable. I am very happy to learn with them. Before joining this course , I was thinking that course will be very tough but thanks to our instructor . She made all the tough content very easy. Thanking you mis...... I am very thankful to you...
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6/10 stars
7 months, 1 week ago
2.01x is NOT available. Why not? I do not understand why the course was deleted? Is there any reason I am not aware of? How can I get 2.01x now? If someone can tell me, that would be great, but if not I will just have to wait........
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1 year, 5 months ago
This course provided by MITx on EdX, deals with structural mechanics. It covers everything involved in the analysis of bars and 2D assemblages subject to axial loading, with any kind of either linear elastic, plastic or visco elastic response of the materials. This is the second course taught by famous Dr. Socrate who is a great pedagogue. I recommend first to go through her previous course 2.01x (also on EdX) for anyone with no prior knowledge on structure analysis. On this one, there is huge amount of videos and problems to deal with every week. It certainly requires some time committment, but it's very rewarding at the end. This course is definitely great for people interested in science & technology and certainly a must for people aiming to go through a mechanical engineering degree.
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Badri Ratnam

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1 year, 5 months ago
The best mechanics of materials class on the planet. Someone else has already said this but I will reiterate so that there is no doubt. MITx sets a very high bar for MOOCs-thorough, high quality, rigorous and full of interactive exercises. But even by those high standards, this class is exceptional. I would recommend every mechanical engineer on this planet to do this class. Dr. Socrates gently but definitely takes to you higher levels of proficiency in the subject. This is the second class in a series of courses-2.01x, 2.02.1x and 2.02.2x (which will be offered in 2018) that captures the content of MIT 2.001 on campus course. There was some discussion as to whether Dr. Socrates will get permission to teach the successor MIT 2.002. MIT should do this by all means that all mechanical engineers on earth get the best structural mechanics training available.
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Nikola Drazenovic

8/10 starsCompleted
1 year, 5 months ago
Great course from MITx, and one of the best teachers I had privilege to listen to, Simona. All of this one would probably expect form the MITx, but I would suggest maybe to give extra days to finish Quizzes and Homework problems in the future courses.
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G M

10/10 starsCompleted
1 year, 5 months ago
2.02.1x is an excellent course that should be taken by anybody with even the slightest interest in structural mechanics. Simona Socrate is one of the greatest teachers I have ever had, and her teaching of the material is so much clearer and more detailed than any other course on structural mechanics that I've taken. I could not recommend this course enough. You will find this a fun course if you come in, ready to work. It does require 2.01x as a pre-req, so if you haven't taken that, I strongly recommend doing so. The best bit is that 2.01x is also taught by Simona!
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Lee Lafferty

10/10 starsCompleted
1 year, 6 months ago
In 2.02x Mechanics of Deformable Structures, Part 1, Dr Socrate repeats the high level of organization and structure commenced in 2.01x, Elements of Structures. Basic concepts are again fleshed out with methodology and multiple, significant examples but, this time, there is more distance between initial concept and final solution, so there is ample opportunity to work through more extended, practical problems. Sometimes, seemingly simple situations with carefully chosen constants can still descend into pages of computations. That’s when it’s time to hand the boring, error-prone hackwork (even algebra) over to a machine. There is plenty of material that both motivates us and shows us how to do that in 2.02x. Finally, if we cannot solve some problems (and even when we can), the provided solutions are in a class of their own – final draft, textbook-ready explanations that leave few questions unanswered. Highly recommended for those wi... In 2.02x Mechanics of Deformable Structures, Part 1, Dr Socrate repeats the high level of organization and structure commenced in 2.01x, Elements of Structures. Basic concepts are again fleshed out with methodology and multiple, significant examples but, this time, there is more distance between initial concept and final solution, so there is ample opportunity to work through more extended, practical problems. Sometimes, seemingly simple situations with carefully chosen constants can still descend into pages of computations. That’s when it’s time to hand the boring, error-prone hackwork (even algebra) over to a machine. There is plenty of material that both motivates us and shows us how to do that in 2.02x. Finally, if we cannot solve some problems (and even when we can), the provided solutions are in a class of their own – final draft, textbook-ready explanations that leave few questions unanswered. Highly recommended for those with an engineering bent, and even for those who just want to move from curiosity about structures to a quantitative understanding of some of the underlying principles behind their design.
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1 year, 6 months ago
Edx is currently the best MOOC provider, MIT MOOC standard is very high and 2.02.1x excells even between MIT MOOCs! The strengths of the course in my opinion are: 1) An extensive number of worked exercises covering the course subject; How many times you get disappointed because all you get when clicking "Show Answers" is "Answers are displayed within the problem"? Well, not in 2.02.1x! 2) Teacher is trying all she can to get your (and real audience) attention... and she succeeds! It is not a waste of time following the recorded lectures, believe it or not. Sometimes it happens recorded lesson are not much more valuable than a text book, but IMPO, not for 2.02.1x. 3) Problems and quizzes are challenging but not impossible, and give you a real sense of satisfaction when solved 4) TAs and instructor monitor the discussion forum and are very quick to reply. That's not always the case in my 30+ MOOCs personal experience 5) You get a MATLA... Edx is currently the best MOOC provider, MIT MOOC standard is very high and 2.02.1x excells even between MIT MOOCs! The strengths of the course in my opinion are: 1) An extensive number of worked exercises covering the course subject; How many times you get disappointed because all you get when clicking "Show Answers" is "Answers are displayed within the problem"? Well, not in 2.02.1x! 2) Teacher is trying all she can to get your (and real audience) attention... and she succeeds! It is not a waste of time following the recorded lectures, believe it or not. Sometimes it happens recorded lesson are not much more valuable than a text book, but IMPO, not for 2.02.1x. 3) Problems and quizzes are challenging but not impossible, and give you a real sense of satisfaction when solved 4) TAs and instructor monitor the discussion forum and are very quick to reply. That's not always the case in my 30+ MOOCs personal experience 5) You get a MATLAB online free account! Overall, a very accurately crafted course on a subject that would risk to appear arid and suffocated from algebraic calculations otherwise. I am very satisfied I followed it, I already followed 2.01x in the past, and it was as good as this one, and plan to take 2.02.2x as soon as it gets available.
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Emre Kösen

8/10 starsCompleted
1 year, 6 months ago
The content of the course is deep and challenging so it is given in two parts. For the first part, analysis of 2d structures composed of elements with linear elastic, plastic and viscoelastic material models is given. There is no bending and torsion as expected due to the time constraint. Dr. Socrate is a fascinating lecturer as always. I wish we have recitation videos especially for more challenging problems.
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1 year, 6 months ago
I enjoyed the content of this and previous courses on structures. It is well done, and I have learned a lot from it. I have enjoyed all the material presented in these courses so far!
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1 year, 6 months ago
Lots of good problem sets that boost confidence in understanding the material. The lectures were sometimes repetitive as she worked through problem after similar problem. Review lectures was included for those who had forgotten the necessary math. Dr. Socrate responded often to notes on the discussion board.
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Arthur Máximo Silva

10/10 starsCompleted
1 year, 6 months ago
The course was absolutely fantastic, even tough I couldn't get aproved by the percentage nescessary. The content presented was some kind of things we do not see in the under-graduate course on Mechanical Engineering in Brazil. Can't have words to describe the instructor, the Great Simona Socrate, if a quarter of the teachers I have here had half the didacticism of Teacher Simona I would finish my course without a single stress... Also have some especial thanks to edX on partnership to MIT to make all this time possible. Expect to continue my learning on the site more often.
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1 year, 6 months ago
Very good course. I am waiting for the next part. The instructor is fun and show the concepts very deep and clear. Deep enought to understand all very well.
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This course is very good, the instructor deliver very good explanations and material. It´s worth taking this course if you are interested in Structures
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