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MAE498 Curriculum

Overview course in Mechanical Engineering for non-MEs

Course Syllabus: MAE1498 – Overview of Mechanical Engineering for Non-MEs

Lecture 1




E-Lectures from Text:
Vector Mechanics for Engineers: Statics

Part 1: Statics

Lecture 2

Chapter 2

Statics of Particles - Concurrent Forces

Lecture 3

Chapter 3

Rigid Bodies I: Equivalent Systems of Forces

Lecture 4

Chapter 4

Rigid Bodies II: Equilibrium

Lecture 5

Chapter 5

Distributed Forces: Centroids and Centers of Gravity


E-Lectures from Text:
Mechanics of Materials

Part 2: Mechanics of Materials

Lecture 6


Introduction: Concept of Stress

Lecture 7

Chapter 2 – First Half

Stress and Strain – Axial Loading I

Lecture 8

Chapter 2 – Second Half

Stress and Strain – Axial Loading II

Lecture 9

Chapter 3


Lecture 10

Chapter 4 – First Half

Pure Bending I

Lecture 11

Chapter 4 – Second Half

Pure Bending II

This course is an introduction to the basics of statics and mechanics of materials for non-mechanical engineers. These fundamental mechanical engineering principles are required for advanced electronic packaging courses. Key concepts of equilibrium criteria; distributed forces; internal forces; stress and strain; yield and failure criteria; stress and strain in axial, torsional, and bending loads, will be discussed. Examples of thermal stress analysis are also discussed. The course requires students to have prior basic trainings in mathematics and physics.

Contributing Instructor: KP Chen, Arizona State University  

Required Text:

Vector Mechanics for Engineers: Statics, Beer, Johnston & Eisenberg, McGraw Hill, 7th ed., 2004.
Mechanics of Materials, Beer, Johnston & DeWolf, McGraw Hill, 4th ed., 2006.


40% Final Exam
40% Mid-Term Exams (2)
20% Homework

Topics Covered:

  • Statics of particles: free body diagrams; concurrent forces; equilibrium criteria.
  • Statics of rigid bodies: equivalent systems of forces; equilibrium criteria; distributed forces.
  • Stress and strain in axial loading; stress-strain diagram; Hooke’s law; elastic and plastic behavior; fatigue; residual stress; shear strain; Poisson ratio; stress concentration.
  • Torsion of circular shaft; torsion of thin-walled hollow shafts.
  • Pure bending; normal stress distribution.
  • Bending of a beam; internal forces in beams; shear and bending diagrams; normal and shear stress distributions.
  • Deflection of a beam.
  • Stress and strain transformation; principal stresses and principal strains; Mohr’s circle; von Mises stresses.
  • Thermal stress analysis; uniform temperature change; non-uniform temperature change; Stoney’s formula and thermal analysis for composite beams.