Engineering Mechanics, 6 credits (TFYY68)

Mekanik, 6 hp

Main field of study

Applied Physics Physics


First cycle

Course type

Programme course


Carl Hemmingsson

Director of studies or equivalent

Magnus Johansson
Course offered for Semester Period Timetable module Language Campus VOF
6CDDD Computer Science and Engineering, M Sc in Engineering 3 (Autumn 2017) 2 1 Swedish Linköping o

Main field of study

Applied Physics, Physics

Course level

First cycle

Advancement level


Course offered for

  • Computer Science and Engineering, M Sc in Engineering

Entry requirements

Note: Admission requirements for non-programme students usually also include admission requirements for the programme and threshold requirements for progression within the programme, or corresponding.


Calculus, Linear algebra

Intended learning outcomes

The course aims to provide knowledge of the basic relationships in classical mechanics, as well as provide an introduction to experimental problem solving. After completing the course the student should be able to:

  • treat basic mechanical problems using laws of force and motion, kinetic energy and work and momentum equations and describe motion in both cartesian and polar coordinates in the plane
  • formulate, simplify and solve simple mechanical problems from different approaches.
  • apply physics modeling and experimental problem solving
  • use dimensional analysis in order to formulate a mathematical description of a physical phenomenon.
  • present measurements, results and conclusions in a written report

Course content

Kinematics (linear and plane movement of particles), relative motion (uniform relative translation and rotation), Dynamics of particles (The law of inertia, mass, momentum, Newton's second and third laws, the concept of force, frictional forces, angular momentum, central forces), work and energy (work, effect, kinetical and potential energy, conservative forces, potential energy curves) the dynamic of particle systems (motion of the center of mass, momentum and kinetical energy for a system of particles, laws of conservation), dynamic of the rigid body(angular momentum and moment of inertia, the equation for rotation of a rigid body), oscillatory motion(simple harmonic motion, the mathematical- and physical pendulum).

Teaching and working methods

The seminars are treating principally important sectors and may contain simple demonstrations of mechanical course of events or the solution of typical examples.


UPG1Hand-in assignmentU, G1 credits
KTR1ExcerciseU, G0 credits
LAB2Laboratory workU, G1 credits
TEN1Written examinationU, 3, 4, 54 credits


Four-grade scale, LiU, U, 3, 4, 5


Institutionen för fysik, kemi och biologi

Director of Studies or equivalent

Magnus Johansson


Carl Hemmingsson

Course website and other links

Education components

Preliminary scheduled hours: 64 h
Recommended self-study hours: 96 h

Course literature

Additional literature

Hemmingsson/Janzén/Ribberfors/Erickson, Exempelsamling i MekanikMerkel m.fl., Rapportskrivning: En lathund för studenterNordling/Österman, Physics HandbookSandell, Experimentell problemlösningYoung & Freedman, University Physics with modern Physics 13 ed

Additional literature


Hemmingsson/Janzén/Ribberfors/Erickson, Exempelsamling i Mekanik
Merkel m.fl., Rapportskrivning: En lathund för studenter
Nordling/Österman, Physics Handbook
Sandell, Experimentell problemlösning
Young & Freedman, University Physics with modern Physics 13 ed
UPG1 Hand-in assignment U, G 1 credits
KTR1 Excercise U, G 0 credits
LAB2 Laboratory work U, G 1 credits
TEN1 Written examination U, 3, 4, 5 4 credits

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