Engineering Mechanics Y, 4 credits (TMME12)

Mekanik, del 1, 4 hp

Main field of study

Applied Physics Mechanical Engineering


First cycle

Course type

Programme course


Peter Christensen

Director of studies or equivalent

Peter Schmidt
Course offered for Semester Period Timetable module Language Campus VOF
6CYYY Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering, M Sc in Engineering 3 (Autumn 2017) 2 2 Swedish Linköping o

Main field of study

Applied Physics, Mechanical Engineering

Course level

First cycle

Advancement level


Course offered for

  • Applied Physics and Electrical 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.


Basic courses in algebra and calculus, wave physics.

Intended learning outcomes

The purpose of the course is to give the students an understanding knowledge of the basic laws of classical mechanics, and ability to apply the laws in problems within engineering mechanics. After the course the student should be able to:

  • Explain the difference between different idealized models of real bodies: particle, rigid body and deformable continuum.
  • Define fundamental concepts in mechanics such as moment of a force, velocity, acceleration, linear momentum, angular momentum, linear impulse, angular impulse, power, mechanical work and energy.
  • Be able to perform simpler derivations of theorems used in statics of rigid bodies and dynamics of a particle.
  • Formulate and solve engineering problems within the scope of statics, kinematics and dynamics of particles, and be able to judge whether a calculated result is reasonable.
  • Derive the governing differential equations for a mechanical system, and solve these numerically using MATLAB.

Course content

Particle kinematics (velocity and acceleration, curvilinear motion in natural, cartesian, and polar coordinates). Particle kinetics (laws of motion, power, work and energy, impulse and momentum, impact, vibrations, central force motion). Statics for rigid bodies, center of mass.

Teaching and working methods

The lectures treat topics of principal importance, and might, apart from theory and examples, also contain clarifying experiments. During the classes, the students strengthen their ability to solve problems independently. A computer assignment is mandatory, where the students write a short report.


TEN1Written examinationU, 3, 4, 53.5 credits
UPG1Computer simulation exerciseU, G0.5 credits


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

Other information

Supplementary courses: Mechanical Engineering Y part 2 (Rigid body dynamics), Multibody Dynamics and Robotics, Models of Mechanics, Flight Dynamics Y, Analytical mechanics, Modern physics, Chaos and non-linear phenomena.


Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling

Director of Studies or equivalent

Peter Schmidt


Peter Christensen

Course website and other links

Education components

Preliminary scheduled hours: 50 h
Recommended self-study hours: 57 h

Course literature

Additional literature

P. Christensen, Elementär mekanik, del 1: masspunkters mekanik, jämviktslära

Additional literature


P. Christensen, Elementär mekanik, del 1: masspunkters mekanik, jämviktslära
TEN1 Written examination U, 3, 4, 5 3.5 credits
UPG1 Computer simulation exercise U, G 0.5 credits

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