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16.20 - STRUCTURAL MECHANICS Course Information and Policies Fall, 2002 16.20 - STRUCTURAL MECHANICS Course Information and Policies Fall, 2002 Instructor : Professor Paul A. Lagace Lectures : There are four one-hour lectures each week. It is expected that students will be present at these lectures: M T W F Lectures will generally be devoted to presentation of new material. However some lecture time will be used to address questions and specifically to discuss practice questions given to allow students to put to work the material presented in the previous lecture. This will be made possible by the means of lecture presentation that will be via projection of computer charts. Student participation in class is not only encouraged but necessary to maximize the learning opportunity. Copies of the computer charts used in lecture presentation are available on the course website (see later) from where they can be downloaded and printed, if desired. Students who prefer to direc- tly obtain paper copies should contact the Course Administrative Assistant. These will be made available for such students prior to the material being addressed in class. Recitations There is one weekly recitation scheduled for the entire class on Tuesday from 3 to 4. However, if we find this to be too many students in one recitation, we will work to schedule an additional section. Recitations are meant to respond to your questions on the material covered in lectures, home assignments, and the exams. However, some new material, especially worked examples, will be presented in recitation. Goals and Objectives The primary goal of 16.20 is to give students an understanding of the essential elements necessary to analyze aerospace (and other) structures. Basics are emphasized rather than mathematical manipulation. Through Unified Engineering, the students are to have acquired the basic tools for analyzing structural problems (elasticity equations, equilibrium concepts, etc.). In 16.20, it is intended that the students be shown how to extend and apply these basic tools to typical structural problems (torsion, shell beams, columns, etc.). This includes real-life considerations for two- dimensional and three-dimensional cases. The students are to come away with a “working familiarity" with the various approaches and typical problems. Throughout the course, the
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16.20 Course Facts Page 2 Fall, 2002 structural problems are relatively simple and straightforward although some real-life (but watered- down) examples are given via home assignments. A second goal of 16.20 is to extend understanding and capability that the students acquired in Unified. This is the understanding of and capability to use the fundamental skills, knowledge and sensitivities that are the traits of a successful engineer. As noted in Unified, these include the skills necessary to work successfully in a group, to self-educate, and to communicate properly questions, answers, and approaches. Professional engineers have the knowledge and confidence to make
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