Studentsof engineeringand engineeringscience are earlyin their studiesexposedto AppliedMechanics:StaticsandDynamicsofrigidbodies,Strengthof Materialsand Fluid Mechanics. As a teacher of these subjects for many years at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and for students of most special branches of engineering, I have found that it is highly relevant and important that students who want to obtain a better understanding of the mechanics of materials or of the mechanicsof ?uids, should take a course in Continuum Mechanics, a discipline that synthesizes the basic concepts of the mechanics of solids and ?uids. The pioneers in natural science were experts in many different disciplines of physics and mechanics. Leonhard Euler [1707–1783] is an example of a scientist who has made permanent contributions both in Solid Mechanics: the Euler theory of column buckling, and Fluid Mechanics: the Euler equations of inviscid ?uids. Later came times when special ?elds like the Theory of Elasticity, Hydrodynamics, and Gas Dynamics dominated. Classical Theory of Elasticity is the mechanics of isotropicandlinearlyelastic materials,forwhichthebehaviorisbasedonextensions of Hooke’s law, and where deformations are assumed to be small. Hydrodynamics is the mechanics of liquids, and Gas Dynamics is the thermomechanics of gasses. These two disciplines are joined in the science of Fluid Mechanics, the term ?uid being a common name for liquids and gasses.
Modern, comprehensive presentation of the Entire field of mechanics Basics for mathematical modeling of complex materialsExtensive in applications, especially concerning the Theory of Elasticity and Classical Fluid Dynamics Introductions into Tensors is very gentleWith many examples and Exercises