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Mechanical, Civil, and Aerospace Engineering Fundamentals: Solid Mechanics!

Explore the fascinating topic of solid mechanics! With the instruction of a licensed professional engineer, use established theories to predict how beams and columns behave under load, then test the theories with your own experiments!
Blue Barrel Design
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year olds
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$13 per class
Meets 1x per week
Over 12 weeks
60 minutes per class

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Class Experience

The below gives the specifics of what learners will do in the course:
•	Use the density of water to apply a force
•	Learn and apply Hooke’s law to find the force rubber bands carry when they are stretched
•	Learn beam bending theory and calculate predictions for experiments
•	Use rubber bands to apply a load to a beam and measure its deflection
•	Learn column buckling theory and calculate predictions for experiments
•	Use rubber bands to apply a load to a column until it buckles
- Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University
- Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from New Mexico Tech
- Licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Texas
- 6+ years engineering experience including 1+ in engineering management
- Taught one semester of Engineering Mechanics I (Statics) at local community college
- Homeschooled from K-12th grade 
- Loves riding dirt bikes and spending time with wife and three kids
In addition to performing theoretical calculations and completing experiments, learners will answer questions and complete problem sets to support the learning. The required Lab Workbook contains all these questions, problem sets, and areas for experimental records and calculation steps. Each class meeting has a corresponding module in the workbook that the learners will complete prior to the following class meeting. Learners will submit their work for feedback and discussion during class as applicable.
Our Solid Mechanics kit is required to complete this course. This can be purchased at the below link for $125: In addition to the above kit, learners will need to following household supplies: - Empty water or milk jug - Water - Measuring cup - Pencil and eraser - Calculator - Straightedge (such as a ruler) - Colored pencils (optional) - Small scale, such as a food scale (optional)
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
No formal grading or assessments, but feedback will be provided on the submitted homework throughout the course.
1 hour per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.

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