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ENG1007 : Mechanics I (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Graham Coates
  • Lecturer: Dr Sarah Dunn, Dr Harriet Grigg, Dr Dehong Huo
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 5
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 8.0


The main aims of this module are:
•       To provide the basic knowledge and analytical skills to solve linear mechanics problems;
•       To develop a conceptual understanding of core mechanics concepts;
•       To develop an ability to describe and predict the motions of bodies

Outline Of Syllabus

The syllabus is structured around four core areas:

1.       Statics: Use of free body diagrams, equilibrium, friction.
2.       Dynamics (inc. kinematics): Newton's second law for linear and rotating systems; moment of inertia and radius of gyration, parallel axes theorem; introduction to vibration, d'Alembert’s principle, general plane motion of rigid bodies, instantaneous centre of rotation.
3.       Mechanics of machines: Speed, power and torque of machines, introduction to the kinematics and dynamics of drives.
4.       Shear force and bending moment: statically determinate beams and trusses;
5.       Introduction to stress and strength: Stiffness relationships, Hooke's law, stress and strain, elastic modulus; failure in tension and shear; Euler-Bernoulli beam theory, bending stress, second moment of area, Euler buckling theory, shear stress; plane stress, pressure vessels, principal stress/strains; failure criteria, use of strain gauges.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture181:0018:00Tutorial sessions
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion360:3018:00Recommended revision for exams, assuming prior regular independent study throughout teaching
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture361:0036:00Lecture sessions
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Closed book examination.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study176:0076:00Recommended regular personal study throughout teaching period to follow up taught classes
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures convey the underlying engineering science and the approaches required to apply this to the discipline-specific problems identified.
Tutorials support the students' self-study in applying the lecture material and learning to solve the practical engineering problems posed by the Tutorial Questions.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A100Closed book examination.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examinations provide an appropriate way to assess both theoretical understanding and practical problem solving skills under time-constraint as required in industry;
The class test provides feedback on understanding of the lecture material (plus links to practical) and encourage continuous revision throughout the course

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