12.005 Applications of Continuum Mechanics to Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences


Class Info

Practical applications of the continuum concept for deformation of solids and fluids, emphasizing force balance. Stress tensor, infinitesimal and finite strain, and rotation tensors are developed. Constitutive relations applicable to geological materials, including elastic, viscous, brittle, and plastic deformation. Laboratory component provides specific examples of elastic and inelastic mechanical behavior of rocks and illustrates several methods of measurement in the laboratory. Graduate students complete additional assignments.

This class has 8.02, and 18.02 as prerequisites. This class has 18.03 as a corequisite.

12.005 will be offered this semester (Spring 2018). It is instructed by B. Hager.

Lecture occurs 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in 54-824.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits.

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