Single-Course Danish 5 ECTS


Overall Course Objectives

The overall aim of the course is to provide the student with an understanding of the fundamental principles of mechanics. This includes plane statics for statically determinate systems, Newtons Laws, and conservation laws for energy and linear momentum.

Learning Objectives

  • Draw free-body diagrams for planar mechanical systems and system parts with a clear indication of external forces and couples.
  • State and solve the static equilibrium equations for planar mechanical systems.
  • Identify dry friction forces (Coulomb friction) on bodies in static equilibrium or in motion.
  • Find forces in plane truss elements using the method of sections and the method of joints.
  • Identify statically equivalent concentrated loads for linear load distributions including water loads.
  • Solve kinematic problems for particle motion with constant and varying acceleration.
  • State and solve Newton’s 2nd law for planar and circular motion of particles.
  • Find the kinetic energy of particles.
  • Find the work of forces and potential energy of spring and gravity forces.
  • Apply work-energy relations to particles affected by conservative and non-conservative forces.

Course Content

Forces and couples. Plane equilibrium equations. Dry friction. Truss and frame structures. Distributed loads. Motion with constant and varying acceleration. Newton’s 2nd law for planar/circular motion. Kinetic and potential energy. Conservation of energy. Work of non-conservative forces.

Teaching Method

Lectures and problem solving



Faggruppen for mekanisk teknologi
Maskinteknik: mandatory 1st semester

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13 weeks


Engineering Technology


DTU Ballerup Campus

Course code 62675
Course type Graduate Engineer
Semester start Week 35
Semester end Week 48
Days Mon 13-17

7.500,00 DKK