Mechanics is the science of forces and motions. The origins of mechanics could be traced back to 4th century BC when Aristotle founds the system of Aristotelian physics, but it was not until 1687 when Isaac Newton publishes his three laws of motion that laid the foundation for what is now known as classical mechanics.
Continuum mechanics is a branch of mechanics that is a combination of mathematics and physical laws that approximate the large−scale behavior of materials modeled as a continuous mass rather than as discrete particles matter that is subjected to mechanical loading. Modeling an object as a continuum assumes that the substance of the object completely fills the space it occupies and is free from any discontinuity or voids.
Solid mechanics is the branch of continuum mechanics that studies the behavior of solid materials, especially their motion and deformation under the action of external or internal forces for the purpose of designing structure better. I think so that it is essential for the reader to know at the start itself about the basics. During the elementary physics, we have learned about force. The force causes a change in the state of a body. It either displaces the body or deforms the body. We would be dealing with the latter condition since rigid body movement is beyond the scope of this series.