MITx offers online course on Mechanical Behavior of Materials

MITx is offering online course on 'Mechanical Behavior of Materials, Part 1: Linear Elastic Behavior. The course explore materials from the atomic to the continuum level, and apply your learning to mechanics and engineering problems.

About the Course:

This course is the first of three in a series of mechanics courses from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT. Taken together, these courses provide similar content to the MIT subject 3.032: Mechanical Behavior of Materials.


The 3.032x series provides an introduction to the mechanical behaviour of materials, from both the continuum and atomistic points of view. At the continuum level, we learn how forces and displacements translate into stress and strain distributions within the material.

Online Course on Mechanical Behaviour of Materials

At the atomistic level, we learn the mechanisms that control the mechanical properties of materials. Examples are drawn from metals, ceramics, glasses, polymers, biomaterials, composites and cellular materials.

Part 1 covers stress-strain behavior, topics in linear elasticity and the atomic basis for linear elasticity, and composite materials.

Part 2 covers stress transformations, beam bending, column buckling, and cellular materials.

Part 3 covers viscoelasticity (behavior intermediate to that of an elastic solid and that of a viscous fluid), plasticity (permanent deformation), creep in crystalline materials (time dependent behavior), brittle fracture (rapid crack propagation) and fatigue (failure due to repeated loading of a material).


  • The behaviour of linear elastic materials
  • The atomic basis for linear elasticity
  • How to solve mechanics problems relating to stress, strain, and strain energy


Candidate should have prior knowledge on the follwing subjects:

  • Classical mechanics (or statics)
  • Chemistry at the first-year university level
  • Differential equations

Course Details:

  • Course starts on: September 9
  • Course length: 5 weeks

For more information on course details visit the website

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