The Engineering of Structures Around Us: Online course by Dartmouth

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The Engineering of Structures Around Us is a free online course conducted by the Dartmouth College. This course allows course-takers to explore how engineers design bridges and buildings in our communities and iconic structures around the world.

About the course

  • In this introductory course, students shall learn the engineering principles that can be applied to structural systems everywhere: in nature, in furniture, in mechanical and aerospace systems, and in any solid object that resists a load.
  • Also they shall explore how structures work, why they were designed the way they were designed, how they support loads, and where forces flow through them.

The Engineering of Structures Around Us course

    Course Syllabus

    • How and why the world's structures (including structures in the natural and biological world) were designed and constructed the way they were​
    • To conceptually design and build prototypes of structures
    • That engineering goes beyond math and science and involves much creativity and innovation
    • To identify and compare structural elements, forms, and systems
    • To describe the loads expected on a structure and the resulting flow of forces through the structure

    Course Begins
    May 5, 2015

    Course Duration
    6 weeks

    For further information and to register, click here.

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