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Course Description

Prerequisite: Engineering Statics. Axial force, bending moment diagrams, axial stress and deformation; stress-strain diagrams; torsion; flexural stress; flexural shearing stress; compound stresses; indeterminate beams; columns. Fully online. 3 credit hours.

About the Instructor

Dr. Wieslaw Binienda is Professor and Chair of the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Akron. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Aerospace Engineering and is also a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He has been at the University of Akron since 1980. Click here to learn more about Dr. Binienda.

Course Topics

Mechanics of Solids covers a wide range of topics designed to prepare you for upper-level courses and the unique problems that engineers are required to solve. Here is a complete list of topics covered in the course:

  • Course Introduction and review of Statics
  • Internal Forces
  • Stress
  • Strain and Hooke's Law
  • Poisson's Ratio
  • Shear Stress and Strain
  • Axial Deformation
  • Spring and Bar
  • Statically Indeterminate Axially Loaded Bars
  • Thermal Effect
  • Strain Energy
  • Torsion
  • Torsion, Twist - Angle of Twist Relation
  • Torsion Examples
  • Pure Shear
  • Transmission of Power
  • Beams
  • Curvature of Beams
  • Normal Sress in Beams
  • Shear Stress in Beams
  • Built Up Beams
  • Composite Beams
  • Transformed Section Method
  • Double Symmetric Beam with Incline Loads
  • General State of Stress
  • Principal Stresses
  • Mohr's Circle for Plane Stress
  • Mohr's Circle: More Examples
  • 3D Mohr's Circle
  • Pressure Vessels
  • Combined Loading
  • Deflection of Beams
  • Superposition & Moment Area
  • Column Buckling


This fully online course follows the standard university calendar. The next course will start on August 29th, 2016 for the Fall '16 semester. It will last 15-weeks and finish in December. 

Technology Requirements

Since this is an online course, it is necessary that you have access to a reliable computer with a high-speed Internet connection. If you are able to stream high-quality YouTube videos or Netflix in HD, you won't have any trouble with the materials in this course. You'll also need a microphone for the WebEx sessions, a printer and, a way to scan or photograph materials to upload to Springboard (the University's course management system). You'll find a full list of necessary technology below:

  • Windows or Mac computer
  • Webcam
  • Headphones
  • Microphone
  • High-Speed Internet
  • Printer
  • Calculator
  • Camera, smartphone or, scanner

Ready to Go?

Ready to get started with Mechanics of Solids in the Zip to Engineeringprogram? Just follow the steps below to apply online as a guest student and get enrolled.

  1. Apply to UA as a Guest Student
  2. Be admitted to UA as a guest student
  3. Email our Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs to be enrolled in Mechanics of Solids
  4. Request permission from your current institution for transient student status*

* Students attending a different institution may need to request transient student status in order to ensure the credits transfer back to their home institution.

Still have a question?

Do you still have a question about the course or the program? Want to see if taking Mechanics of Solids online is a good fit for you? Use the link below to email our Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs.

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