This class was tough.
I would recommend this course because it is required for the major and because it is a fundamental course for upperclassmen. I would recommend this instructor and this course if you are ready to learn on your own and practice. He is fair at instructing, but lacks explaining thoroughly. I am currently taking classes that rely previous knowledge from this class.
The highlight's of this course were learning how to interpret what different types of loads do to an element and how that load can effect the material. I learned how to calculate the strength of an object due to stress and strain. I learned how to read tables of material properties and how to apply them to equations. I learned how to calculate deformation of a solid object due to applied loads. I learned the different effects like bending moment, yielding, etc. The hardest part of this course was learning how to draw shear and moment diagrams.
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Advice for students:
Study constantly so that it doesn't feel like too much after a while. The content relates to one another, but know how to differentiate between effects on material. Study the relationships between the equations given by the instructor. Practicing on homework/assignments really is vital to understanding the concepts and grasping the material.