Design and computational methods in basic mechanics courses

L. Cate Brinson*, Ted Belytschko, Brian Moran, Tom Black

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This paper describes the changes incorporated in experimental versions of the two basic mechanics courses in the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University to increase the design and computer content. These Statics and Strength of Materials classes include linear algebra, an introduction to matrix methods of structural analysis including truss elements in one and two dimensions, and the constant strain triangle. Design analysis projects are also added to the courses. We describe the new material, what has been eliminated, and our reasons for these choices. Examples of computer projects, students' reactions, and plans for the future are also summarized.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)159-166
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Engineering Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • Education


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