The mechanics curriculum in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT is being revised as part of a broad revision of the entire research and teaching program of the department. The traditional MIT approach of fundamental engineering science taught with an emphasis on its practical application has not changed, but it has been complemented by some important innovations. The mechanics curriculum has been revised and updated from the ground up. It has been coordinated with the rest of the aeronautical engineering curriculum, assuring that students understand the place of mechanics in the overall engineering of an aerospace system. Material science has been integrated throughout the mechanics curriculum. Finally, mechanics education plays a large role in teaching the “implicit curriculum”, a formalization of the skills and knowledge that a student is expected to gain outside of the stated curriculum.

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