Mechanics (FYS100)

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

Course description for study year 2022-2023


Course code




Credits (ECTS)


Semester tution start


Number of semesters


Exam semester


Language of instruction

English, Norwegian


Kinematics, Vectors, Newton's laws, work-energy relation, 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.

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.

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 Letter grades Specified printed and hand-written means are allowed. Definite, basic calculator allowed

Coursework requirements

8 out of 12 compulsory assginmenst must be 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.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Physics (BIT100_1) 10
Physics (TE0557_1) 6
Physics (TE0557_A) 6
Physics for data/electro (RED102_1) 2.5

Open for

Civil Engineering, Bachelor in Engineering Computer Science - Bachelor in Engineering Control Engineering and Circuit Design, Vocational Path - Bachelor in Engineering Control Engineering and Circuit Design - Bachelor in Engineering Chemistry and Environmental Engineering - Bachelor in Engineering Mechanical Engineering, Bachelor in Engineering Mathematics and Physics - Bachelor's Degree Programme Geosciences Engineering - Bachelor in Engineering Petroleum Technology - Bachelor in Engineering Admission to Single Courses at the Faculty of Science and Technology City and Regional Planning - Master of Science Degree Programme, Five Years Industrial Economics - Master of Science Degree Programme, Five Year Industrial Automation and Signal Processing - Master's Degree Programme - 5 year Structural and Mechanical Engineering - Master of Science Degree Programme. Five Years Mathematics and Physics - Five Year Integrated Master's Degree Programme Petroleum Engineering - Master of Science Degree Programme, Five Years

Course assessment

Form and/or discussion.


The syllabus can be found in Leganto