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Mechanics FYS100

Classical (Newtonian) mechanics, and its use in describing typical mechanical systems.

Course description for study year 2021-2022

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Language of instruction

English, Norwegian

Learning outcome

After having completed this course the student should be able to:

Understand and apply Newton's laws on basic mechanical systems.

Formulate, in mathematical terms, equations describing the motion of point-particles and rigid bodies.

Understand and apply conservation laws for mechanical energy, linear and angular momentum on various problems.

Kinematics, Vectors, Newton's laws, work-energy theorem, conservative forces, linear momentum and impulse, center of mass, rotation of rigid bodies, moment of inertia, torque and angular momentum, static equilibrium, simple harmonic motion, damped and forced oscillations, waves.
Required prerequisite knowledge
Recommended prerequisites
It is highly recommended that the students have proper depth in physics (Fysikk2/3FY) from (junior) high school.
Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam 1/1 5 Hours A - F No printed or written materials are allowed. Approved basic calculator allowed

Coursework requirements
8 out of 12 compulsory assginmenst must be approved

8 out of 12 mandatory hand-ins approved. Hand-in assignments must be approved by subject teacher 3 weeks ahead of examination date. Otherwise the student will be barred from the exam.

The hand-ins will comprise the main elements of the course syllabus and give the student proper training in working with problems relevant for the final exam.

Course teacher(s)
Course coordinator: Alex Bentley Nielsen
Head of Department: Bjørn Henrik Auestad
Method of work
6 hours lectures and 2 hours exercises every week. The excercises will be carried out under the supervision of teaching assistants.  Language of tuition: English or Norwegian.
Open for
Civil Engineering - Bachelor's Degree Programme Computer Science- Bachelor's degree programme in computer science Control Engineering and Circuit Design, Vocational Path Control Engineering and Circuit Design - Bachelor's Degree Programme Chemistry and Environmental Engineering - Bachelor's Degree Programme Mechanical Engineering - Bachelor's Degree Programme Mathematics and Physics - Bachelor's Degree Programme Geosciences Engineering - Bachelor's Degree Programme Petroleum Technology - Bachelor's Degree Programme Admission to Single Courses at the Faculty of Science and Technology City and Regional Planning - Master's Degree Programme Industrial economics - Master's Degree Programme - 5 year Industrial Automation and Signal Processing - Master's Degree Programme - 5 year Mechanical and Structural Engineering and Materials Science- Master's Degree Programme - 5 years Mathematics and Physics, 5-year integrated Master's Programme Petroleum Engineering - Master`s Degree programme in Petroleum Engineering, 5 years
Course assessment
Form and/or discussion.
Overlapping courses
Course Reduction (SP)
Physics (BIT100) 10
Physics (TE0557) 6
Physics (TE0557) 6
Physics for data/electro (RED102) 2.5
The syllabus can be found in Leganto