Skip to main content

Unit information: Engineering Physics II in 2015/16

Please note: you are viewing unit and programme information for a past academic year. Please see the current academic year for up to date information.

Unit name Engineering Physics II
Unit code EMAT20010
Credit points 10
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Szalai
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Engineering Mathematics
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

Description: This unit is the follow-on to the first year Engineering Physics 1, and will introduce more advanced topics in Physics and Mechanics relevant to modelling engineering systems. These include:

  • Three-dimensional Kinematics and Dynamics of Rigid Bodies
  • Energy Methods
  • Modal Decomposition
  • Nonlinear Behaviour


Students will be introduced to more advanced topics in Engineering Mechanics and shown further applications of the theory to real systems. They will acquire a solid background in the subject that will prepare them to deal with some of its most challenging engineering problems.

Intended Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit, students should have an in-depth understanding of the mathematics underlying key concepts in Physics and Mechanics, including the kinematics and dynamics of rigid bodies in 3d, Lagrangian descriptions of mechanical systems and nonlinear behaviour.

Teaching Information


Assessment Information

2 hour Examination worth 90% (all learning outcomes) and three coursework assessments worth 10% (practising difficult concepts through reflection on problems). All three coursework must be submitted but if all are above 40%, then only the best one counts. If one is less than 40%, the average counts.

Reading and References

  • Engineering Mechanics: Statics & Dynamics. Bedford, Anthony
  • Engineering Mechanics Vol 1, Statics. Meriam, J.L., Kraige, L.G
  • Engineering Mechanics Vol 2, Dynamics. Meriam, J.L., Kraige, L.G
  • Mechanics of Materials. Gere, James M