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ENGR 303

Solid Mechanics

Mohammad Kazemi
Office: VSC 104C
Office Hours: MWF 11-12 PM, R 12-1 PM
(724) 738-4958

Prerequisites: PHYS 314 and MATH 231

Credit Hours: 3

• Hibbeler, Statics and Mechanics of Materials, 5th Ed, Pearson. ISBN 978-0134382593.

Further Reading:
• Ferdinand P. Beer, Statics and Mechanics of Materials. ISBN 978-0073380155

Course Description: This course provides a review of the basic mechanical properties of the
solids. Topics covered will include deformation and failure of solid bodies under the action of
forces, stress-strain, Mohr’s circle, generalized Hooke’s Law, axial bending and buckling. Students
will work to formulate the models necessary to study, analyze, and design fluid systems through the
application of these concepts, and to develop the problem-solving skills essential to good engineering
practice of fluid mechanics in practical applications. Students will have the opportunity to demon-
strate a familiarity and ability to work on fluid mechanics. These outcomes will be demonstrated
through an assessment of homework assignments and two quizzes.
Course Objectives:
At the completion of this course, students will be able to:

• Recognize the meaning and the definitions of different fluid properties such as pressure, den-
sity, temperature, viscosity and velocity fields.

• Calculate shear stresses and viscous forces under various circumstances.

• Understand the laws related to fluid properties including ideal gas law, surface tension and
speed of sound.

• Classify flow conditions (Steady vs. Unsteady, Inviscid vs. Viscous, and Incompressible vs.

• Apply manometery for measurements of pressure.

• Evaluate pressure distribution in a hydrostatic fluid.

• Calculate pressure forces on submerged bodies of different geometries including flat and curved

• Predict Buoyancy forces on floating bodies.

• Understand the stability concept of floating bodies.

• Apply Reynolds transport theorem to obtain conservation laws of fluid mechanics.

• Solve problems of conservation of mass using steady as well as unsteady continuity equation.

• Evaluate dynamic fluid forces using the linear momentum equation (Newtons second law of

• Calculate energy requirements (i.e. shaft work) of fluid flow in light of potential and kinetic
energies using the energy equation.

• Analyze flow simulate and model-prototype similarity using dimensional analysis.

• Analyze fully developed laminar and turbulent pipe flows.

• Calculate pipe losses using Moody chart.

• Evaluate pressure losses in fittings, valves and sudden enlargements/contractions

• Use simple measuring devices and understand their physical principles.

• Understand the different roles / responsibilities of being an effective member in a team

• Resolve conflict and reach agreement in a group.

• Accept and value the importance of fluid mechanics for engineering practice.

• Relate fundamentals of fluid mechanics to the wide spectrum of real life problems

• Simplify complicated fluid problems using suitable assumptions

• Divide complex fluid problems into manageable tasks and assemble solutions together.

• Think about engineering solutions even if you are not responsible for them.

• Accept and value the importance of team working for engineering practice.

• Accept and value the efficiency of active learning in engineering disciplines.

Grade Distribution:
Assignments 50%
Midterm Exam 20%
Final Exam 30%

Letter Grade Distribution:

>= 90.00 A
80.00 - 89.99 B
70.00 - 79.99 C
6.00 - 69.99 D
<= 59.99 F
Course Policies:
• General

– Computers are not to be used unless instructed to do so.

– Quizzes and exams are closed book, closed notes.

• Grades

– Grades in the C range represent performance that meets expectations; Grades in the
B range represent performance that is substantially better than the expectations;
Grades in the A range represent work that is excellent.
– Students are responsible for tracking their progress by referring to the online gradebook.

• Labs and Assignments

– If you missed an exam, quiz, or homework, you should have documentation

describing the situation. Otherwise, no makeup test will be offered..
– Ten points will be deducted for a week late homeworks with no documentation.
– More than a week late homeworks will not be accepted.

• Academic Integrity

– The integrity of the classes offered by any academic institution solidifies the founda-
tion of its mission and cannot be sacrificed to expediency, ignorance, or blatant fraud.
Therefore, I will enforce rigorous standards of academic integrity in all aspects and as-
signments of this course. For the detailed policy of West Virginia University regarding
the definitions of acts considered to fall under academic dishonesty and possible ensuing
sanctions, please see the Student Conduct Code:
– Students are expected to work independently unless otherwise instructed. Offering and
accepting solutions from others is an act of plagiarism, which is a serious offense
and all involved parties will be penalized according to the Academic Honesty
Policy. Discussion amongst students is encouraged, but when in doubt, direct your
questions to the professor, tutor, or lab assistant.
– Should you have any questions about possibly improper research citations or references,
or any other activity that may be interpreted as an attempt at academic dishonesty,
please see me before the assignment is due to discuss the matter.

• Attendance and Absences

– Attendance is very important for this course. Please show up on time with the assigned
textbook. If you are not in class, whether excused or unexcused, you still must com-
plete any assignment or makeup quizzes. Except for truely exceptional circumstances,

late work is considered Not Assessable and you will have to use your tokens to submit
the assignment. If you are going to miss a class or quiz, please make arrangements
– Students are responsible for all missed work, regardless of the reason for absence. It is
also the absentee’s responsibility to get all missing notes or materials.

• ADA Compliance

– ”SRU is committed to accommodating students with disabilities and helping them to

achieve academic success.”
– If you are a person with a disability and anticipate needing any type of accommodation
in order to participate in this class, please advise me and make appropriate arrangements
with Office of Disability Services (724.738.4877). For more information on SRUs Diver-
sity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives, please see:

• Title IX

– Slippery Rock University and its faculty are committed to assuring a safe and productive
educational environment for all students. In order to meet this commitment and to com-
ply with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and guidance from the Office
for Civil Rights, the University requires faculty members to report incidents of sexual
violence shared by students to the University’s Title IX Coordinator. The only excep-
tions to the faculty member’s reporting obligation are when incidents of sexual violence
are communicated by a student during a classroom discussion, in a writing assignment
for a class, or as part of a University-approved research project. Faculty members are
obligated to report sexual violence or any other abuse of a student who was, or is, a
child (a person under 18 years of age) when the abuse allegedly occurred to the per-
son designated in the University protection of minors policy. Information regarding the
reporting of sexual violence and the resources that are available to victims of sexual vio-
lence is set forth at:

Tentative Course Outline:
The weekly coverage might change as it depends on the progress of the class. However, you must
keep up with the reading assignments.

Week Content
Week 1 • Vector algebra, forces
Week 2 • Force resultants and moments
Week 3 • Equilibrium of rigid bodies, free body diagrams
Week 4 • Center of gravity, centroids and moments of inertia
Week 5 • Stress and strain
Week 6 • Mechanical properties of materials

Week 7 • Midterm Exam

• Axial loading
Week 8 • Torsion
Week 9 • Bending
Week 10 • Transverse shear
Week 11 • Combined loading
Week 12 • Failure criteria
Week 13 • Column buckling
Week 14 • Review sessions for Final Exam