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1. Course title

Kiinteän aineen jatkumomekaniikka I
Fasta tillståndets kontinuummekanik I
Solid State Continuum Mechanics I

2. Course code


Aikaisemmat leikkaavat opintojaksot 53749 Kiinteän aineen jatkumomekaniikka I, 5 op.

3. Course status: compulsory or optional

-Which degree programme is responsible for the course?
Master's Programme in Materials Research

-Which module does the course belong to?
MATR3001 Experimental Materials Physics, Advanced Studies
MATR3006 Electronics and Industrial Physics, Advanced Studies

-Is the course available to students from other degree programmes?

4. Course level (first-, second-, third-cycle/EQF levels 6, 7 and 8)

Master’s level, degree programmes in medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine = secondcycle
degree/EQF level 7
Doctoral level = third-cycle (doctoral) degree/EQF level 8

-Does the course belong to basic, intermediate or advanced studies (cf. Government Decree
on University Degrees)?
Advanced studies

5. Recommended time/stage of studies for completion

-The recommended time for completion may be, e.g., after certain relevant courses have
been completed.

Can be taken in the early or later stages of studies.  

6. Term/teaching period when the course will be offered

-The course may be offered in the autumn or spring term or both.
-If the course is not offered every year, this must be indicated here.
-Specification of the teaching period when the course will be offered

Period III, every second year, even years.

7. Scope of the course in credits

5 cr

8. Teacher coordinating the course

Kari Rummukainen

9. Course learning outcomes

-Description of the learning outcomes provided to students by the course
- See the competence map (

After completing the course you

  • understand the concepts of stress and strain
  • know what are the elastic characteristics of materials and structures
  • can distinguish between isotropic and anisotropic elasticity
  • understand the concept of plastic deformation and its atomic level mechanisms
  • know the most important modeling methods related to mechanics of materials and structures
  • know the most important experimental methods to characterize the mechanical properties

10. Course completion methods

-Will the course be offered in the form of contact teaching, or can it be taken as a distance
learning course?
-Description of attendance requirements (e.g., X% attendance during the entire course or
during parts of it)
-Methods of completion

Exercises and final project. Exercises are mostly small analytical or computational problems. In the final project an experimental and modeling problem larger than exercises is solved. 

11. Prerequisites

-Description of the courses or modules that must be completed before taking this course or
what other prior learning is required

Mathematics on the level of courses MAPU I-II (Mathematics for physicists I-II) and basic solid state physics on the level of  MATR303 Solid state physics

12. Recommended optional studies

-What other courses are recommended to be taken in addition to this course?
-Which other courses support the further development of the competence provided by this

Course MATR318 Solid State Continuum Mechanics II continues to other aspects of mechanics of materials and structures.

13. Course content

-Description of the course content

The course deals with the following topics from theoretical, experimental and computational point of view

  • Stress and strain
  • Isotropic elasticity
  • Anisotropic elasticity
  • Propagating waves
  • Resonances and eigenmodes
  • Plasticity

14. Recommended and required literature

-What kind of literature and other materials are read during the course (reading list)?
-Which works are set reading and which are recommended as supplementary reading?

Lecture notes.

Supplementary reading

  • Bhatia & Singh: Mechanics of Deformable Media 
  • Ellad B. Tadmor, Ronald E. Miller: Modeling Materials, Continuum: Atomistic and Multiscale Techniques, Cambridge University Press
  • Rob Phillips: Crystals, Defects and Microstructures: Modeling Across Scales, Cambridge University Press

15. Activities and teaching methods in support of learning

-See the competence map (
-Student activities
-Description of how the teacher’s activities are documented

Weekly lectures/demos and exercises (individual work). Final project (individual). Total hours 135.

16. Assessment practices and criteria, grading scale

-See the competence map (
-The assessment practices used are directly linked to the learning outcomes and teaching
methods of the course.

Final grade is based on exercises and final project. 

17. Teaching language


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