Mechanics of Solids

Department of Engineering

The University of Akron - Wayne College

Course number 4300:202-701

Mr. Daniel Deckler

Spring, 2002

C-211, phone 684-8761

Office Hours:

Monday: 9:00 a.m. - noon
Tuesday: None
Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. - noon
Thursday: None
or by appointment.


Mechanics of Materials, fifth edition, Gere and Timoshenko, PWS Kent, 2001.

Course Objectives:

1. To understand the relationship between the loads applied to a nonrigid body and the resulting internal forces and deformations induced in the body.

2. To learn to analyze a given machine or structure to determine if the design has sufficient strength.

3. To learn to design a machine or structure that is capable of sustaining a specified loading.

Course Requirements:

Prerequisites - 4300:201

Homework 0 - 20%
Exam 1, February 25, 2002 0 - 30%
Exam 2, April 3, 2002 0 - 30%
Project, Due May 8, 2002 10 - 20%
Final Exam, May 6, 2002 10 - 50%
(noon - 1:55 p.m., Comprehensive)
Total 100%

Grading Scale:

A............ 93-100 B-........... 80-83 D+.......... 68-70
A-........... 90-93 C+.......... 78-80 D............ 63-68
B+.......... 88-90 C............ 73-78 D-........... 60-63
B............ 83-88 C-........... 70-73 F............ 00-60


Chapter 1. - Torsion, Compression, and Shear

Chapter 2. - Axially Loaded Members (Sections 2.1 through 2.6 and section 2.10)

Chapter 3. - Torsion (Sections 3.1 through 3.8)

Chapter 4. - Shear Force and Bending Moment

Chapter 5. - Stresses in Beams (Sections 5.1 through 5.6)

Chapter 7. - Analysis of Stress and Strain (Sections 7.1 through 7.7)

Chapter 9. - Deflection of Beams (Sections 9.1 through 9.6)

Chapter 10. - Statically Indeterminant Beams (Sections 10.1 through 10.5)

Make-up tests will be given only if the student has a valid reason for missing the test, and if the student notifies the instructor as soon as possible, preferably before the test. If a student misses a test and does not have a valid excuse, the student will receive a zero for that test.
Exams will consist of 4 to 8 problems. Exams may also consist of essay, multiple choice, true/false, matching, and fill-in-the-blank questions.

Homework assignments will be given at the end of every class period and will be due one week after it has been assigned. Late homework will not be accepted. Homework should be neat and only the front of the paper should be used.

The project will be assigned approximately halfway through the semester. These projects must be the original work of each student. The student will be required to submit a typed paper that shows the analysis that was performed, to discuss any assumptions made in the analysis, and discuss any conclusions drawn from the analysis. The project will be an engineering problem that either I or other engineers had to solve. The specifics of the problem and report will be given when the project is assigned.

Student Code of Conduct:
Mechanics of Solids (4300:202) adheres to the Student Code of Conduct, and students are responsible for their behavior in class. Also, plagiarism or any form of academic dishonesty may be grounds for dismissal from the class.

NO withdrawals will allowed after April 12, 2002. Listed below are some important dates:

January 20 - 100% refund period ends.

January 27 - 70% refund period ends.

January 28 - Last day to withdraw without a WD appearing on record.

February 1 - 50% refund period ends.

February 8 - 30% refund period ends.

February 15 - 20% refund period ends.

March 8 - Last day to withdraw without instructor's signature.

April 12 - Last day to withdraw from Spring, 2002 classes.

Course Registration:
Students whose names do not appear on the University's official class list by February 1, 2002 (for all classes that meet for the first time during the week of January 14 - 18) will not be permitted to participate (attend class, take exams, or receive credit). Therefore, students should make sure to have all financial arrangements taken care of prior to February 1.

Recommended Additional Reading

1. Statics and Strength of Materials, A. Jensen and H. H. Chenoweth, McGraw-Hill, 1975.

2. Engineering Mechanics of Materials, , B. B. Muvdi and J. W. McNabb, Macmillan Publishing Co., 1980.

3. Applied Strength of Materials, R. F. Neathery, John Wiley and Sons Inc., 1982.

4. Mechanics of Materials, A. Higdon, E. Ohlsen, W. Stiles, J. Weese, and W. Riley, John Wiley and Sons, 1985.

These books can be found in the library.

A. D. A. Special Accommodations
In accordance with University policy, students with a documented disability for which accommodations may be required should contact Dr. Julia Beyeler, Director of the Wayne College Learning Center (684-8963). Dr. Beyeler will assist in providing the necessary accommodations.