12.005 Applications of Continuum Mechanics to Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences

Spring 2006

Strain ellipses and their axes.
Strain ellipses and their axes. (Image by MIT OCW.)

Course Highlights

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Course Description

This course focuses on the practical applications of the continuum concept for deformation of solids and fluids, emphasizing force balance. Topics include stress tensor, infinitesimal and finite strain, and rotation tensors. Constitutive relations applicable to geological materials, including elastic, viscous, brittle, and plastic deformation are studied.
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Staff

Instructor:
Prof. Bradford Hager

Course Meeting Times

Lectures:
Three sessions / week
1 hour / session

Level

Undergraduate

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