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Unit information: Engineering Mechanics 1 in 2014/15

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Unit name Engineering Mechanics 1
Unit code EMAT10015
Credit points 10
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Barry
Open unit status Not open

A-level common core in mathematics, or equivalent.



School/department Department of Engineering Mathematics
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

This unit gives an introduction to applied mechanics, covering the dynamics of particles and rigid bodies. There is a strong emphasis on practical engineering applications.


The main aim of this unit is to ensure that all first year students in Engineering Design have a firm grounding in classical mechanics, with applications to engineering.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Students should acquire an understanding of the basic theoretical concepts, be able to derive fundamental formulae from first principles, be able to apply theory to solve practical problems and develop an intuitive feel for the 'right answer' in any given situation.

Teaching Information

  • 24 hours of formal lectures.
  • Lectures are shared with existing unit EMAT10005 Engineering Physics 1

Assessment Information

  • 2-hour written examination in May/June (90%)
  • 30-minute in-class progress test (10%)

Supplementary assessment is by written examination only.

Reading and References

  • An Introduction to Mathematics for Engineers - Mechanics, Stephen Lee.. Hodder Education. ISBN 978-0-340-96552-8 (2008)
  • Engineering Mechanics: Statics and Dynamics Principles, Bedford, A, Fowler, WL, & Fowler, W T, Prentice Hall (2002)
  • Engineering Mechanics Volume II: Dynamics (4th edition) by Merriam J. L. & Kraige L. G. John Wiley (1998)