Syllabus for Mechanics II

Mekanik II


  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1FA102
  • 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: 2007-03-19
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2019-02-13
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 27, 2019
  • Entry requirements: Algebra and Geometry, Several Variable Calculus, Limited Version, Mechanics Basic Course.
  • Responsible department: Department of Physics and Astronomy

Learning outcomes

After completing the course the student should be able to:

  • account for fundamental quantities for rigid body kinematics and dynamics.
  • describe and apply the theory for rigid body mechanics, built from relations between fundamental quantities starting from Eulers I and II laws.
  • describe and apply the theory of vibrations and mechanical waves.
  • analyse physical processes and discuss technical applications by constructing, using relevant approximations, a mechanical model and using mathematical methods to analyse models for planar motion
  • show analytical problem solving skills for mechanical and engineering applications and be able to account for relevant approximations.
  • carry out physical experiments, explain and justify the results in writing and orally.


Planar kinematics and dynamics of rigid bodies. Force, momentum, impuls, moment (torque), angular momentum, moment of inertia.
Eulers laws for planar motion, translation and rotation. Work and energy. Collisions. Statics for rigid bodies.
Vibrations. Limitations of the rigid body approximation; elasticity and mechanical waves. Simple machine elements, for example gears and clutches. Models for the motion of rigid bodies and applications. Experimental work, labs, oral and written presentation.


Lectures, problem solving sessions and laboratory work. Guest lecture or study visit.


Written test at the end of the course combined with non-compulsory written continuous examination, which may replace part of the test (4 credits). Laboratory exercises with oral and written presentation (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.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 27, 2019

  • Bedford, Anthony; Fowler, Wallace L.; Ahmad, Yusof. Engineering mechanics. : Dynamics

    5th ed. in SI units.: Singapore: Prentice Hall, 2008

    Find in the library


  • Nordling, Carl; Österman, Jonny Physics handbook : for science and engineering

    Ninth edition: Lund: Studentlitteratur, [2020]

    Find in the library