ESM 5014
Introduction to Continuum Mechanics

Fall 2007

CRN#: 92739, Time: 11:15 - 12:05 am, MWF

Bldg: Holden Hall, Room: 303

INSTRUCTOR:Ronald D. Kriz (, 231-2062)
Office Hours (tenative) Tuesday & Thrusday 3-5pm; Torgersen Hall, Room 3030 (enter thru 3050)
Other times by appointment only;
call 231-2062 or email: the day before.
See instructor for special arrangements.
Text Continuum Mechanics, D. Frederick and T.S. Chang.
Prerequisite ESM2034, 3014, Math2214
Letter Grades A:93-100; A-:90-92;
B+:87-89; B:83-86; B-:80-89;
C+:77-79; C:73-76; C-:70-72;
D+:67-69; D:63-66; D-:60-62;
F:59 ->

WEIGHTING: 20% homework, 35% tests/midterm, and 45% final exam. When appropriate, these weights may be altered to the student's benefit to handle substantial improvement near the end of the course, homework missed due to major illness, etc.

TESTS/MIDTERM: Typically there are three tests or one-midterm exam. Absence during a test will result in a grade of zero. Makeup tests will be given only where a very serious documented reason exists for absence.

HOMEWORK: Homework problems are due once a week, one week after they are assigned. Assignments will be given in class. No homework will be accepted late for any reason whatsoever. Each assignment will be given a percentage grade based on equal weight for each problem in the assignment. If you fail to hand in more than one assignment due to major illness or other unusual circumstance, please provide a note of explanation and attach any available supporting documentation. Please leave flat and staple upper left corner. Put your name in the upper right corner, the assignment number and date in the upper left corner.

HONOR CODE: The Virginia Tech Honor code applies to all homework and exams, and no form of dishonesty will be tolerated by the instructor or the students. If a serious attempt to work a homework problem is unsuccessful, then help may be sought from another student, including those currently in the course. But this help must be limited to the minimum necessary to allow further progress. Copying of another students work, including work from old notes, or permitting your work to be copied, is considered a serious breach of the honor code.



Continuum Mechanics

  1. Continuum Mechanics. P. Chadwick, John Wiley and Sons (1976)

  2. A First Course in Continuum Mechanics, Y.C. Fung, Prentice-Hall (1975)

  3. The Elements of Continuum Mechanics, C. Truesdell, Springer-Verlag (1961)

  4. Elements of Continuum Mechanics, R. Batra, John Wiley and Sons (2005)1G

  5. Introduction to Mechanics of Continua, W. Prager, Ginn and Company (1961)

  6. Tensor Analysis and Continuum Mechanics, W. Flugge, Springer-Verlag (1972)

  7. Theory and Problems of Continuum Mechanics, G.E. Mase, Schaum's Outline
    Series (360 solved problems), McGraw-Hill Book, Company (1970)

  8. Continuum Mechanics for Engineers, G.E. Mase and G.T. Mase, CRC Press (1992)

Tensor Analysis

  1. Tensor Analysis: Theory and Applications to Geometry and Mechanics of Continua,
    I.S. Sokolnikoff,John Wiley and Sons Inc. (1964)

  2. Applications of Tensor Analysis, A.J. McConnell, Dover (1957)

  3. Tensor Analysis: Fundamenals and Applications, W.S. Krogdahl, University Press of America (1978)

Ronald D. Kriz
Virginia Tech
College of Engineering

ESM 5014 Introduction to Continuum Mechanics
Fall 2007