Mechanics HI

5 credits

Syllabus, Bachelor's level, 1FA518

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
Pass with distinction, Pass with credit, Pass, Fail
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 13 October 2021
Responsible department
Department of Physics and Astronomy

Entry requirements

Algebra and Vector Geometry. Participation in one of the courses Calculus for Engineers and Single Variable Calculus, or the course can be taken in parallel.

Learning outcomes

The aim of the course is that the student shall assimilate the description of motion given by Newtonian mechanics and learn to apply it to situations appearing in engineering.

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • analyse situations occurring in mechanical engineering.
  • perform calculations of quantities of importance in mechanical engineering.
  • plan and perform laboratory work in mechanics, and present the results orally and in writing.


Dimensions and units in mechanics. The concepts of force, force moment, momentum, angular momentum and moment of inertia and their application in the Newtonian description of translational and rotational motion. The concepts of work, power, kinetic (translational and rotational) and potential energy and their application in the description of motion using the law of energy. Special application: Vibrations.


Lectures, lessons and laboratory work.


Written examination (4 credits). Laboratory work (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.