Module Overview


Mechanics  is the study of the motion of bodies based on the applications of Newton's laws. It is designed for students who will subsequently study more advanced topics in engineering. The learner is introduced to some of the parameters that influence the strength and design of structural members. 

Module Code

MECH 1000

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

Vector addition; Resolution of vectors; Newton’s Laws;

Types of forces; Free body diagrams; 2D Particle Equilibrium ;

2D Rigid body equilibrium ; Equivalent force systems;

Particle Kinematics in 1D and 2D; position, velocity and acceleration;

Particle dynamics; uniform circular motion; inclined plane; connected bodies;

Rigid body rotation ; mass moments of inertia

Centres of mass  and centroids, area moments of inertia;

Analysis of 2D plane trusses and frameworks.

Students will work as group members  on several laboratory investigations based on topics drawn from the course material including:

Static equilibrium; moment of inertia, kinematics and particle dynamics; 

The course is delivered as a series of lectures, tutorials , and related experiments in the mechanics laboratory. Supplementary material such as videos, simulations, quizzes are available online.

Lecture programme; 2 hours per week

Tutorial: 1 hour per week

Laboratory: 2  hour laboratory every 2nd week

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Other Assessment(s)100