Objectives:
Familiarize students with beam deflection calculations, which are one of the fundamental parts of strength of materials.
Discussion Topics:
Beam deflection is based on the following:
 How the beam is supported  Introduction to free body diagrams
 Length of the beam
 Loading (point load vs. distributed load) replica handbags
 Crosssectional geometry of the beam (Moment of Inertia)

Type of material the beam is constructed from (Modulus of Elasticity)
Classroom Practice (with other supporting materials):
 Set up a simple beam loading experiment where the students can use indicators to measure deflection to see if the theoretical matches actual
 Independently change the material, geometry, and support of the beam to see how the deflection changes
 Change the load to see how the deflection changes