Workshop Details

TWO-WEEK ISTE WORKSHOP on Engineering Mechanics

This Workshop is conducted by Prof. Mandar M. Inamdar and Prof. Sauvik Banerjee, from November 26th, 2013 to December 6th, 2013


IIT Bombay and IIT Kharagpur have taken a significant initiative to work with several Engineering Colleges across the country. It is a part of the National Mission on Education through ICT, supported by MHRD. Under this project called "Empowerment of Students & Teachers through Synchronous & Asynchronous Instruction," IIT Bombay conducts two-week ISTE workshops during vacation periods, both in summer and winter. The participating teachers attend the workshop at a remote center close to their own college, and also attend tutorial and lab sessions conducted at the same center. The lecture transmission and live interaction takes place through distance mode using the AVIEW technology and the internet, at selected remote centers. Faculty Coordinators are appointed at each remote center to handle the technology infrastructure and other operational logistics. Additionally, for each workshop, there is a Workshop Coordinator for that respective subject who will enable a smooth conduct of labs and tutorials

We invite expert faculty from various remote centers for a five-day Coordinators` training workshop, held at IIT Bombay, prior to the main workshop. These Coordinators then act as Workshop Coordinators liaising between the participants from Remote Centers and IIT Bombay. During the main workshop, the Workshop Coordinator at every center supervises the conduct of tutorials and Labs. All the lectures and tutorial sessions are recorded. The final edited audio-visual contents, along with other course material are released under Open Source. These contents can be freely used later by all teachers and students.

Since December 2009, we have conducted two-week ISTE workshops on "Effective teaching/ learning of Computer Programming," "Database Management Systems," "Basic Electronics," "Thermodynamics," "Software Development Techniques for Teachers of Engineering and Science Colleges," "Heat Transfer," "Solar Photovoltaics," "Computational Fluid Dynamics," "Introduction to Research Methodology," and "Engineering Thermodynamics." We have reached out to more than 40,000 teachers and helped them enhance their teaching skills across 324 distinct Remote Centers. Given the success of such workshops, we now announce a two-week ISTE Workshop on Engineering Mechanics, to be held in November- December, 2013.

Engineering Mechanics (EM) is the most fundamental course in the extensive area of mechanics. The basic concepts dealt in EM form the cornerstone of advanced topics such as solid mechanics, structural mechanics, geotechnical engineering, and bio-mechanics. Similarly, the ideas and techniques that are developed in EM are also indispensable in structural design. A rigorous training in both basic concept and problem solving is thus essential for a solid foundation in different engineering disciplines such as Civil, Mechanical, Aerospace, Chemical and Metallurgy. However, despite this overwhelming importance of EM in engineering training and its cascading effect on the eventual skills of an engineering professional, there is still a lack of systematic training in this course. This is mainly because the numbers of appropriately trained teachers in EM are not commensurate with the vast population of engineering students that await guidance. The objective of this course is to introduce the fundamentals of EM with special emphasis on problem solving. This will be achieved through working out carefully designed exercise problems that would not only identify various ploys that are commonly used to solve such examples, but also elucidate the thought process that goes behind these methods. The level of the material will be appropriate for a freshman undergraduate student. At the same time, it is hoped that the course will help develop an understanding and passion for this topic that can be carried over by the student to his/her future career.

The course starts with the essentials of Vector Mechanics to build the foundation. This will be followed by a detailed discussion of free body diagrams. These concepts would be sufficiently illustrated with a variety of real life problems. Different topics in 2D and 3D equilibrium will be covered, and a variety of problems in statically determinate trusses and frames will be solved. In addition, a systematic treatment of problems in the relatively difficult subject of dry friction will be done with special emphasis on the logic behind each solution. More advanced topics such as the virtual work method and the principle of minimum potential energy, which is the mainstay of analytical mechanics and approximate numerical methods such as the finite element method, will be discussed. Since problem solving is the backbone of EM, there will be supervised tutorial sessions where the participants will apply the concepts discussed in the lectures and solve a variety of problems.


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