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761118P Mechanics 1, 5 ECTS cr 
Code 761118P  Validity 01.08.2017 -
Name Mechanics 1  Abbreviation Mechanics 1 
Scope5 ECTS cr   
TypeBasic Studies Discipline3251 Physics 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Field of Physics 

Vaara, Juha Tapani 

ECTS Credits 

5 ECTS credits / 133 hours of work

- 761118P-01, Lectures and exam (4 cr)

- 761118P-02, Lab. exercises (1 cr)

Language of instruction 

The lectures will be in Finnish. The textbook is in English and exercises are selected from the textbook. For further information, contact the responsible person of the course.



Learning outcomes 

The student is able to describe the basic concepts of mechanics and to apply those when solving the problems related to mechanics.


We encounter many phenomena related to mechanics in our everyday life. Most engineering sciences are based on mechanics and mechanics forms the basis of many other fields of physics, including modern physics. Contents in brief: Short summary of vector calculus. Kinematics, projectile motion and circular motion. Newton’s laws of motion. Work and different forms of energy. Momentum, impulse and collisions. Rotational motion and moment of inertia. Torque and angular momentum. Rigid body equilibrium problems. Gravitation. Periodic motion. Fluid mechanics.

Mode of delivery 

Face-to-face teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods 

Lectures 30 h, 7 exercises (14 h), 2 laboratory exercises (3 hours/exercise), self-study 83 h

Target group 

For the students of the University of Oulu.

Prerequisites and co-requisites 

Knowledge of vector calculus and basics of differential and integral calculus.

Recommended optional programme components 

No alternative course units or course units that should be completed simultaneously.

Recommended or required reading 

Text book: H.D. Young and R.A. Freedman: University physics, Addison-Wesley, 13th edition, 2012, chapters 2-14. Also older and newer editions can be used. Lecture material: Finnish lecture material will be available on the web page of the course.

Assessment methods and criteria 

Both parts (761118P-01 and 761118P-02) will be graded separately. The final grade of the course is the weighted average of the grades of part 1 (4 cr) and part 2 (1 cr).

761118P-01: Two midterm exams or final examination

761118P-02: Two laboratory exercises.


Numerical grading scale 0 – 5, where 0 = fail

Person responsible 

Juha Vaara

Working life cooperation 

No work placement period


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