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, 19 May 2014
Responsible department
Department of Physics and Astronomy

Entry requirements

Linear Algebra and Geometry I, Single Variable Calculus.

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).

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.