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Syllabus for

Academic year
FFM516 - Mechanics 1
Syllabus adopted 2016-02-13 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: TKTFY
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: First-cycle
Major subject: Engineering Physics
Department: 16 - PHYSICS

Teaching language: Swedish

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0113 Examination 3,0 c Grading: TH   3,0 c   10 Jan 2017 pm H,  10 Apr 2017 am M
0213 Examination 4,5 c Grading: TH   4,5 c   16 Mar 2017 am H,  21 Dec 2016 pm M,  16 Aug 2017 am M

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Bitr professor  Ulf Gran


FFM515   Mechanics 1

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In order to be eligible for a first cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme(s) that has the course included in the study programme.

Course specific prerequisites

Courses of the program during the first study period.


- To provide a good understanding of the basic concepts of mechanics, that provides a basis for further physics studies.
- To provide training in the translation of a physics problem into a mathematical model, which is analysed by application of concepts introduced in the mathematic courses.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

Introduction - The student should understand the central role of mechanics within the natural sciences.

Force systems - The student should be able to apply linear algebra and trigonometry in order to efficiently and reliably analyse (rigid body equivalent) systems of forces and torques.

Equilibrium - The student should be able to divide a system into subsystems, and model interactions between these through forces and torques. The student should also be able to apply this to analyse situations with statically determined equilibrium.

Friction - The student should understand the special properties of the force of friction and be able to apply the Coulomb model for dry friction in cases of equilibrium, limiting cases of equilibrium, and uniform motion.

Force distributions - The student should have acquired a general understanding of when an interaction needs to be modelled by a force distribution and be able to solve problems related to applications in hydrostatics and thin beams.

Particle kinematics - The student should be able to make use of the most common coordinate systems in 2D and 3D when solving problems.

Particle dynamics - The student should be able to reliably analyse systems of particles in motion, in particular systems with constraints.


Force systems
Distributed forces
Kinematics of particles
Particle dynamics
Planetary motion


Video lectures
Problem sessions
Assignments for homework


The course textbook will be announced on the homepage prior to course start.


Written tests in sp 2 and sp 3, consisting of a set of problems to solve, and obligatory hand-ins (almost) every week.

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