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ME 323 Mechanics of Materials

Catalog Description

ME 323 Mechanics of Materials (3). Prerequisite: CEE 205 and ENGR 205. Analysis of stress and strain. Hooke's law. Deflections. Statically indeterminate problems. Buckling of columns. Energy methods.

Prerequisites by Topic

  1. Statics
  2. Differential equations


F.P. Beer, E.R. Johnston, Jr., J.T. DeWolf, and D.F. Mazurek, Mechanics of Materials, 5th edition, McGraw-Hill, 2009.


T.A. Berfield, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering.

Course Learning Outcomes

This course is designed to give third year Mechanical Engineering students an understanding of the mechanics of deformable bodies. The topics covered in this course will give students a strong understanding of concepts to necessary in the mechanical design process.

Topics Covered

  1. States of stress and strain (6 classes)
  2. Axial loading (6 classes)
  3. Torsion (3 classes)
  4. Transverse loading (7 classes)
  5. Transformation of stress and strain (3 classes)
  6. Design of beams and shafts for strength (3 classes)
  7. Deflection of beams (4 classes)
  8. Columns (3 classes)
  9. Energy methods (2 classes)
  10. Tests and final examination (3 classes and 2½ hours)

Class/Laboratory Schedule

Three 50 minute sessions per week for lecture, discussion, and problem solving.

Laboratory Projects


Computer Use

Some exercises require the use of a computer.


Homework: 15%, quizzes: 10%, midterm exams (3): 45%, final exam: 30%.

Curriculum Criterion Contribution

Engineering science: 3 credits.

Relationship to Program Outcomes

This course supports Mechanical Engineering Department B.Sc. program objectives by developing:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering in the field of mechanical engineering.
  • An ability to identify, formulate and solve problems in the field of mechanical engineering.
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning in the field of mechanical engineering.
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern tools necessary for the practice of mechanical engineering.

Prepared by T.A. Berfield, June 2009

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