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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 1.05 (Fall 2007) 
  • Course Title:
  • Engineering Mechanics I 
  • Course Level:
  • Undergraduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. Markus Buehler
    Prof. Franz-Josef Ulm 
  • Course Introduction:

  • 1.050 Engineering Mechanics I

    Fall 2007

    Course Highlights

    1.050 Engineering Mechanics I

    Fall 2007

    Sketch of the World Trade Center towers and graph showing velocity profiles.
    Lecture 4 explores the collapse of the World Trade Center towers. Here, velocity profiles are shown based on conservation of momentum and free fall. (Figure by MIT OpenCourseWare, adapted from Prof. Franz-Josef Ulm.)

    Course Description

    This subject provides an introduction to the mechanics of materials and structures. You will be introduced to and become familiar with all relevant physical properties and fundamental laws governing the behavior of materials and structures and you will learn how to solve a variety of problems of interest to civil and environmental engineers. While there will be a chance for you to put your mathematical skills obtained in 18.01, 18.02, and eventually 18.03 to use in this subject, the emphasis is on the physical understanding of why a material or structure behaves the way it does in the engineering design of materials and structures.

    Recommended Citation

    For any use or distribution of these materials, please cite as follows:

    Markus Buehler and Franz-Josef Ulm, course materials for 1.050 Engineering Mechanics I, Fall 2007. MIT OpenCourseWare (, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Downloaded on [DD Month YYYY].

    Technical Requirements

    Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .m.


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