SFY0011 : Applied Mechanics O

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To provide fundamental knowledge of the physical concepts and mathematical methods applied in statics, kinematics and dynamics, and the application of such to engineering problems. The intention is to provide both a broader and a deeper coverage than typical A-level Physics, by incorporating material from A-level Applied or Further Mathematics.
To achieve a proficiency in the use of a range of mathematical and physical concepts required in Stage 1 engineering modules, and to be able to apply such skills to a range of problems arising in engineering systems.

Outline Of Syllabus

Kinematics and dynamics; displacement and rates of change; simple harmonic motion; Forces; Newton’s laws; statics; work and energy; kinetic and potential energy; power and efficiency, conservation of energy and momentum; friction; elementary vector algebra; vector dynamics; linear systems and matrices; eigenvalues; simple differential equations and related models.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion112:0012:00Exam Revision
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Written Exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching121:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study150:0050:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures are used to develop basic theory and the application of this to simple problems in applied mechanics. This material is reinforced by the opportunity for problem solving which is provided by excercises to be done during private study and discussed with staff at tutorials.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A100N/A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The exam provides a suitable mechanism for assessing the level of knowledge acquired and the development of skills needed to apply this knowledge: The exam will allow each student to demonstrate his/her abilities, working under an imposed time limit, on a range of simple problems covering the material specified on the syllabus.

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