Search course

Use the search function to find more information about the study programmes and courses available at Chalmers. When there is a course homepage, a house symbol is shown that leads to this page.

Graduate courses

Departments' graduate courses for PhD-students.


Syllabus for

Academic year
FFM521 - Mechanics 2  
Syllabus adopted 2016-02-13 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: TKTFY
6,0 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
0112 Examination 4,5 c Grading: TH   4,5 c   02 Jun 2017 am H   07 Oct 2016 am M,  24 Aug 2017 am M  
0212 Project 1,5 c Grading: UG   1,5 c    

In programs



Professor  Stellan Östlund

  Go to Course Homepage


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

Tools of Engineering Physics, Linear algebra and geometry, Introductory mathematical analysis, Real analysis and Mechanics 1 or corresponding course.


- 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, and to analyse this model.

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

Kinematics and dynamics of rigid bodies - the student should use their understanding of particle systems to be able to derive and apply the laws of rotational and translational motion.
Motion in non-inertial systems - The student will gain an understanding of fictitious forces, in particular centrifugal and Coriolis forces in the rotating reference system.
The theory of harmonic motion - the student should be able to apply their knowledge of mathematics to the  damped and undamped, free as well as  forced harmonic  motion.
Analytical Mechanics - The student should have been offered an initial acquaintance with analytical mechanics. The student will be able to study simple particle system using the Lagrange formalism.
Develop communication - Being able to present the basic mechanical concept in writing.
Overall - Knowledge of all the above areas shall be used in problem solving. The student should be able to identify the relevant information in a mechanics and then formulate the problem mathematically using tools from mechanics and mathematics.


Plane kinematics of rigid bodies
Plane kinetics of rigid bodies
Rotating systems and inertial forces
Three-dimensional kinematics and dynamics of rigid bodies
Vibration and time response
Analytical mechanics


Lectures, problem solving sessions and project consisting of homework problems


Announced on the course web page. 


Written exam and a project consisting of homework problems.

In order to pass it is compulsory to pass some homework problems during the course, and to obtain a pass on a similar problem which is part of the written exam. During the written examination at most one hour can be spent to solve the project related problem.

The written exam consists of six problems, one of them examining only the project. The remaining five problems are the foundation for the mark on the whole course.

Page manager Published: Thu 04 Feb 2021.