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Course# CIVIL-225: Continuum mechanics (for GC)

Summary

La mécanique des milieux continus, essentielle à la compréhension du travail de l'ingénieur civil, est abordée dans ce cours. Ce cours couvre les notions de contraintes et déformations, les grands principes de conservation, les équations d'équilibres et les lois constitutives.

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