5 credits

Syllabus, Bachelor's level, 1FA104

A revised version of the syllabus is available.
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)
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 20 June 2012
Responsible department
Department of Physics and Astronomy

Entry requirements

Linear Algebra and Geometry I, Single Variable Calculus. Or equivalent.

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.
  • demonstrate an understanding of the theory of classical mechanics and the relations between fundamental quantities based on Newton's laws, by explaining and using the theory in simple given examples.
  • apply the fundamental quantities and the theory of classical mechanics 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.
  • show analytical ability to solve 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.

The dynamics of particles: force, momentum, Newton's laws, work and energy. Impulse.

Systems of particles, centre of mass. Torque, angular momentum.

The motion of rigid bodies: Moment of inertia, Euler's laws for translation and rotation around fixed points.

Models for motion of objects with applications

Experimental work, laboratory sessions, written reports


Lectures, problem solving sessions and laboratory work.


Written examination at the end of the course (4 HE credits). During the course a test and/or written assignments, that give bonus at the final examination and at the first re-exam, will be given. Laboratory exercises (1 HE credits).