Aims/Description: The fundamental laws of mechanics (statics and dynamics); thermodynamic, fluids dynamics and solid mechanics will be studied; concepts of fundamental quantities, scalars, vectors as well as resolution of forces and equilibrium; concepts of strength of materials with regards to exploring external and internal forces, displacements and deformations. The efficiency of simple machines (pulleys, gear trains and levers), statically determinate and indeterminate structures will be explored, and simple harmonic motion. The first and second laws of thermodynamics will be applied to heat and work in engines. Key topics will be reinforced through laboratory practicals and will be assessed through examinations and lab work.

Teaching Methods: Lectures, Tutorials, Problem solving, Laboratory work, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam, Practical skills assessment

Information on the department responsible for this unit (Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre):

Teaching timetable


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