Continuum mechanics

Course description

Continuum mechanics is an elective course for third-year undergraduates in the FMF physics program. These notes are from the summer semester of the 2020-21 academic year, when the course was taught by professor Primož Ziherl (lecture) and assoc. professor Daniel Svenšek (exercises). The course covers elastomechanics and fluid mechanics at an upper-undergraduate level and is based on Landau and Lifschitz’s Theory of Elasticity and Fluid Mechanics. Material covered in the course includes:

  • the geometry of deformations and strain
  • mechanical stress and elastic energy
  • the mechanics of plates and rods
  • elastic waves
  • the dynamics of ideal fluids
  • the dynamics of viscous fluids
  • an introduction to the theory of the boundary layer and hydrodynamic instabilities