Engineering mechanics: solids

About this course

This course introduces the subject areas of Kinematics, Statics and Dynamics, in the context of Engineering Mechanics. The course is mainly concerned with the application of these topics to the analysis and design of solid bodies, as distinct from the closely related areas of Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics.

Kinematics is the study of motion. Statics is the study of forces on stationary objects. Dynamics is the study of forces on moving bodies. These are the analytical tools used by the design engineer.

The aims of the course are therefore two fold. Firstly, it aims to teach the basic analytical methods, that is, the fundamental concepts and techniques of solid engineering mechanics. Secondly, it aims, in a limited way, to show the implementation of these methods in engineering design. The limited time available to study the course has meant that the Course Team have had to lay the emphasis on the analytical methods. The underlying assumption has been that, if students acquired a solid foundation in analysis from this course, then its implementation in design would become apparent both in future courses and in the mechanical engineering that surrounds them every day.

Suggested study hours 135

Format pdf for 9 books

Where is this from?

These materials comprise the core teaching text of T235, which is an introductory course to mechanical/aeronautical/materials engineering. Engineering mechanics: solids was last presented in 2003.

What is included?

On the basis that ‘it is better to do a few things well’ the Course Team adopted a policy of simplification of course components. Their watchword was ‘if in doubt, leave it out’. The course as a whole, thus, comprised:

  • nine blocks covering fifteen unit texts, some bound in pairs;

  • supplementary notes with assignments;

  • eight television programmes;

  • audio-cassettes;

  • residential school;

Each unit contains its own set of aims and learning outcomes.

The course does not include: supplementary notes, television programmes, audio-cassettes, residential school.

A note on answers

In breaking this course down to the unit level in order to provide pdfs with a manageable file size we have separated some self-assessment questions and exercises from their back-of-the-book answers. In order to locate these answers, return to the page containing the links to the pdfs and select the final 'view document' link on the page. The answers will be found towards the end of this file.

Course materials