Information for MATH 45061: Continuum Mechanics

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Course Description (Outline)

This course unit gives an introduction to the theory of continuum mechanics from a mathematical viewpoint. In continuum mechanics, matter is represented by average quantities defined in a continuous region of space, rather than as discrete particles. The field is enormous and encompasses the study of fluids, solids, powders, plasmas and almost everything in between. The subject is developed from first principles, but you will be expected to have a certain level of mathematical maturity.


There will be two coursework assessments released during the semester.

Lecture Notes

Examples Sheets and Solutions

Past Exam Papers

The exam will consist of six compulsory questions worth a total of 80 marks. The exam will be three hours long. The formula sheet provided in the examination is given here.

The following guidance was given in the first year of the course, and it's still here just in case you want more exam-like questions: a typical exam might consist of the following example sheet questions.

Section A

Section B

Reading List

It is not necessary to buy any books. Your lecture notes will be completely sufficient. That said, you may find the alternative perspectives in books helpful. If you are interested, have a look in the library in the continuum mechanics section. Particular favourites of mine are:

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