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Unit of study_

AMME9301: Mechanics of Solids 1

This unit aims to teach the fundamentals of analysing stress and deformation in elemental structures/components in aerospace, mechanical and biomedical engineering (bars, beams, frames, cell box beams and tubes) under simple and combined loading of tension, compression, bending and torsion. The vibration will also be addressed. At the end of this unit students will have gained knowledge of: equilibrium of deformable structures; basic concept of deformation compatibility; stress and strain in bars, beams and their structures subjected to tension, compression, bending, torsion and combined loading; statically determinate and indeterminate structures; energy methods for bar and beam structures; simple buckling; simple vibration; deformation of simple frames and cell box beams; simple two-dimensional stress and Morh`s circle; problem-based applications in aerospace, mechanical and biomedical engineering.


Academic unit Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic
Unit code AMME9301
Unit name Mechanics of Solids 1
Session, year
Semester 2, 2020
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Assumed knowledge

Physics, statics, Differential Calculus, Linear Algebra, Integral Calculus and Modelling.

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Xianghai An,
Guest lecturer(s) Abdulmalik Altaee ,
Lecturer(s) Xianghai An ,
Tutor(s) Fuzhong Qi ,
Robert Joseph Virgona,
Ziyan Man,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Open book) Type C final exam Final exam
Online open book without invigilation Last for 2hours
50% Formal exam period
Due date: 11 Dec 2020

Closing date: 11 Dec 2020
2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO8 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment Assignment 1
Assignment for wk 1-5
10% Week 05
Due date: 26 Sep 2020

Closing date: 03 Oct 2020
Supposed to finish Assignment 1 in 2hs
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO7 LO8 LO9
Online task Quiz 1
Online quiz (open book)
10% Week 07
Due date: 16 Oct 2020

Closing date: 16 Oct 2020
50 mins + 10 mins for uploading answers
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO7 LO8
Assignment Assignment 2
Assignment for wk 6-9
10% Week 09
Due date: 31 Oct 2020

Closing date: 07 Nov 2020
Supposed to finish Assignment 2 in 2hs
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO7 LO8 LO9
Assignment Lab report
Lab report
10% Week 10
Due date: 07 Nov 2020

Closing date: 14 Nov 2020
Supposed to finish lab report in 2hs
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO7 LO8 LO9
Assignment Assignment 3
Assignment for wk10-12
10% Week 12
Due date: 21 Nov 2020

Closing date: 28 Nov 2020
Supposed to finish Assignment 3 in 2hs
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO4 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9
Type C final exam = Type C final exam ?
  • Assignments: There will be 3 major assignments throughout the semester. Most assignment questions are real-life examples designed to increase the accessibility of the principles in mechanics of solids and raise the appeal of the subject. The assignment guidelines and questions can be viewed/downloaded from the course website in the Assignments section.
  • Quizzes: The course will one open-book quizze during the lecture time. You will be asked to implement your knowledge to solve a solid mechanics problem. The aims are to assess your analytical and calculation skills, and provide you with early stage feedback about your individual progress in this course. 
  • Laboratory: There will be laboratory classes that will be prerecorded in Week 9 and uploaded to Canvas. Participation in the lab class and lab report contribute to your total course mark. For details, please go to the Laboratory section on the course website.
  • Final Exam: The final exam will take place in the formal examination period at the end of the semester. It will be a closed-book exam. The structure of the exam will be discussed in detail in Week 12

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

5%/day penalties for the later submission.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website provides information on academic honesty, academic dishonesty, and the resources available to all students.

The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic dishonesty or plagiarism seriously.

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of dishonesty, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction to Mechanics of Solids, equations of statics, internal resultant loadings, and free body diagrams (5 hr) LO2 LO4 LO7 LO8 LO9
Week 02 Stress and strain: Stress, strain, Hooke’s law, Poisson's ratio (5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO7 LO8 LO9
Week 03 1. Axial loading, average stress, stress concentration, and thermal strain; 2. Indeterminate columns subjected to axial loading (equilibrium and compatibility) (5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO7 LO8 LO9
Week 04 Strain energy and work, strain energy under axial loading, Castigliano's second theorem (5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO7 LO8 LO9
Week 05 Torsion of circular shafts: Shear stress-strain relationship, torsion of circular shafts, power transmission, and statically indeterminate cases (5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO7 LO8 LO9
Week 06 Bending moments and shear forces: Graphic method and Macaulay's notation for constructing moment and shear diagrams (5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO7 LO8 LO9
Week 07 Bending: Assumptions, equilibrium of cross-sectional stresses, neutral axis, flexure formula, and parallel axis theorem (5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO7 LO8 LO9
Week 08 Composites materials, shear formula, and combined loadings (5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO7 LO8 LO9
Week 09 Biaxial stress systems: Principal stresses, maximum shear stress, and Mohr's circle (5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO7 LO8 LO9
Week 10 Applications of the plane stress: thin walled pressure vessels, theories of failure (5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO7 LO8 LO9
Week 11 Deflection of beams and shafts: the elastic curve, slope, and displacement by integration (5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO7 LO8 LO9
Week 12 Statically indeterminated beams and shafts: Bulkling of columns; summary and review (5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9

Attendance and class requirements

The whole of UOS will be delivered online. 

The lecturing will be pre-recorded and uploaded to Canvas. The lecturer will also answer the questions and review the main points during the normal lecturing time. 

All students are required to attend the on-live tutorial classes and some sessions will be recorded and uploaded to Canvas.

The lab will be recorded and uploaded to Canvas and then student need to watch the recording and finish the lab report.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

All readings for this unit can be accessed through the Library eReserve, available on Canvas.

  • R.C. Hibbeler, Mechanics of Materials (9th). Prentice Hall, 2014. 9789810694364.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. analyse problems in terms of strength and deformation in relation to the design, manufacturing, and maintenance of simple solid structures
  • LO2. understand when and why to do deformation analysis
  • LO3. model structures composed of bars and beams
  • LO4. apply boundary conditions for simple structural problems
  • LO5. understand how and why to use energy methods for structural analysis
  • LO6. perform fundamental buckling analysis
  • LO7. understand the fundamental principles of elementary solid mechanics, and basic methods for stress and deformation analysis of a simple solid structure or element
  • LO8. understand the applicability of simple stress analysis methods
  • LO9. work and communicate with others in the tutorial sessions.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
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