Pretty easy, overall.
If you are able to take this class with Bernd Schlieman, do not wait! He is by far the most helpful and friendly professor that I have had so far in engineering. He will bend over backwards to help you and he makes sure that everyone is clear on the material before moving on. He often extends homework that he feels is too challenging and will straight out tell you the exact concepts he is testing will be. Awesome guy to teach this class and if you took Statics (MIE 210) then it is pretty straightforward.
You learn just about everything from maximum stress in a structure or machine and the deformations associated with the materials used in that structure. We did a ton of work analyzing beams with distributed loads, and in the end you will be able to design a beam to meet specific requirements such as maximum load without failure. The end of the class focuses on stress elements, which are a way of analyzing every part of a beam to see exactly how it is being affected.
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Advice for students:
Just do the homework and when studying for an exam, do questions towards the end of the book sections, as Schlieman typically chooses those questions. I got lucky and did 2/3 exam questions the night before!