MITx: 2.01x: Elements of Structures

School: MITx
Course Code: 2.01x
Classes Start: 15 April 2013
Course Length: 15 weeks
Estimated effort: 12 hours per week


Classical mechanics and calculus

2.01x: Elements of Structures

Elements of Structures

A first course on mathematical modeling of structures and the mechanical behavior of deformable structural elements.

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2.01x is a first course on the mechanical behavior of deformable structural elements. It introduces principles of structural analysis in applications to essential load-bearing elements, such as bars in axial loading, axisymmetric shafts in torsion, and symmetric beams in bending. The course covers fundamental concepts of continuum mechanics, including internal forces, displacement fields, stresses, and strains. The students will learn to predict linear elastic structural behavior, and prevent failure, by relying on the notions of equilibrium, geometric compatibility, and constitutive material response.

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Course Staff

  • Simona Socrate

    Simona Socrate

    Simona Socrate is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and a Principal Research Scientist at MIT/ISN. She earned a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the University of Rome, and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from MIT. She has been teaching classes in structural mechanics at MIT for over ten years. Her research efforts focus on the mechanical behavior of fabrics, composites, and soft biological tissue. Her areas of interest include measuring and modeling the high strain rate properties of biological tissue to prevent injuries, and investigating the mechanics of pregnancy to reduce the risk of pre-term delivery.

  • Alexie M. Kolpak Portrait

    Alexie M. Kolpak

    Alexie M. Kolpak is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. She earned a B.A. in biochemistry and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research is focused on using first-principles computations to design novel materials and heterostructures for sustainable energy and nano-electronics.

  • Kun Qian Portrait

    Kun Qian

    Kun Qian is currently pursuing his master's degree at the MIT School of Architecture. He believe that the online education is going to be an increasingly important part of people's daily life, so it should not only be a tool to access knowledge, but a whole package of art in a digital form. He is taking great care to match the aesthetics of 2.01x to its high standards.

  • Jessica

    Jess is a mechanical engineering sophomore at MIT. She is working example problems on film to help 2.01x students understand the problem-solving process. Currently interested in international development, she has worked on the development of an efficient, low-cost muli-crop thresher and researched power measurement in rickshaws.


Classical mechanics and calculus


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