Visualizing Strain

In the following tutorial, the descriptive and mathematical aspects of the theory of strain are explored. At the core of the tutorial are a series of interactive exercises that require the use of the accompanying program, Visualizing Strain. The tutorial systematically explores the definition of deformation, the definition of strain, homogenous versus heterogeneous strain, pure and simple shear, the measurements of strain, and the mathematics of pure and simple shear.

It is hoped that this rather unique approach will make the subject matter more entertaining, and in the same breath leave the student with an intuitive understanding of the complexities and beauty of strain.

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