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MA4J1 Continuum Mechanics

Not Running in 2019/20



Status for Mathematics students: List C

Commitment: 30 lectures

Assessment: 3 hour written examination (100%)

Prerequisites: A basic knowledge of linear algebra, multivariable calculus, differential equations and physics.

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Content: The modeling and simulation of fluids and solids with significant coupling and thermal effects is an important area of study in applied mathematics and engineering. Necessary for such studies is a fundamental understanding of the basic principles of continuum mechanics and thermodynamics. This course, which will closely follow the text "A first course in continuum mechanics'' by Andrew Stuart, is a clear introduction to these principles.

The outline will be as follows: we will begin with a review of tensor algebra and calculus, followed by mass and force concepts, kinematics, and then balance laws. We will then proceed to derive some commonly used models governing isothermal fluids and solids, consisting of systems of partial differential equations (PDEs). If time permits we will also explore the thermal case.


Oscar Gonzalez, Andrew Stuart, A first course in continuum mechanics, Cambridge University Press, 2008.

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