The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


Introduces some basic principles of engineering mechanics in as simple a manner as possible. The course covers a basic introduction to both statics and dynamics. Emphasis is placed upon the gaining of real understanding of the laws and principles of mechanics.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Trimester 1 - 2018 (Singapore).

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. A basic understanding of the laws and principles of mechanics.

2. The ability to analyse and solve simple problems in mechanics.

3. An understanding of the assumptions and limitations of the approaches used.


Part 1 - Statics

  • Basic assumptions of theory of structures: ideal materials, small deflections.
  • Redundancy, stability.
  • Stress, strain, extension of bars.
  • Compatibility.
  • Bending Moment and Shear Force diagrams for simple beams.
  • Properties of areas.
  • Stresses due to bending: normal and shear.
  • Column buckling.
  • Hydrostatics.

Part 2 - Dynamics

  • Kinematics and Kinetics in Cartesian, normal, tangential, and polar coordinate systems.
  • Rectilinear and curvilinear motion.
  • Newton's laws of motion.
  • Friction.
  • Work and energy.
  • Conservative systems.
  • Impulse and momentum.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Part 2 Assignments 1-3

Written Assignment: Part 1 Assignments 1-5

Formal Examination: Formal Examination Part 1

Formal Examination: Formal Examination Part 2