Syllabus for Mechanics



  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1FA104
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Physics G1F, Technology G1F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2008-03-18
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2018-08-30
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 30, 2019
  • Entry requirements: Linear Algebra and Geometry I, Single Variable Calculus.
  • Responsible department: Department of Physics and Astronomy

Learning outcomes

Mechanics constitutes a basic part of classical physics with many technical applications.
On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • describe and explain fundamental quantities relating to kinematics and dynamics of particles, particle systems and rigid bodies on a basic level.
  • explain and use the theory of classical mechanics and the relations between fundamental quantities based on Newton's laws.
  • apply the fundamental quantities and the theory of classical mechanics on a basic level to analyse physical processes and construct mathematical models for the motion of different objects.
  • relate Newton's and Euler's mechanics to technology in everyday life.
  • translate a problem described in words to relevant equations and figures.
  • solve analytical problems in mechanical and technical applications and determine if the results are reasonable.
  • carry out physical experiments and present, explain and defend the results.


The kinematics of particles, described using Cartesian coordinates.
The dynamics of particles: force, momentum, Newton's laws, work and energy. Impulse.
Systems of particles, centre of mass.
Kinematics and dynamics of rigid bodies: Euler's laws for rotation around a fixed axis. Moment of inertia, torque, angular momentum.
Models for motion of objects with applications
Experimental work with analysis of experimental data, laboratory sessions, oral and written reports


Lectures, problem solving sessions and laboratory work.


Written examination at the end of the course (4 credits). During the course a test , that give bonus at the final examination and at the regular re-exams, will be given. Laboratory exercises (1 credit). 
If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Other directives

The course may not be included in the same higher education qualifications as Mechanics I, 1FA101. 1FA104 does not fulfil the entry requirements for 1FA102 Mechanics II.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 30, 2019

  • Young, Hugh D.; Freedman, Roger A.; Ford, A. Lewis Sears and Zemansky's university physics with modern physics technology update

    14. ed.: Harlow, England: Pearson, cop. 2015

    Find in the library