Mechanics and Experimental Methods 7.5 credits

Mekanik och experimentella metoder
First cycle, F0060T
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2020 Sp 3 - Present
The version indicates the term and period for which this course syllabus is valid. The most recent version of the course syllabus is shown first.

Syllabus established
by Niklas Lehto 15 Feb 2019

Last revised
by Niklas Lehto 05 Nov 2019

Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Subject group (SCB)

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language + Swedish upper secondary school courses Physics 2, Chemistry 1, Mathematics 3c (specifik entry A8). Or: Swedish upper secondary school courses Physics B, Chemistry A, Mathematics D (specifik entry 8)

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on final school grades or Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test.

Course Aim

1. Knowledge and understanding

-      you can recognize physics as an experimental science aimed at the observation of phenomena and at their rationalization
-      you have knowledge of physical quantities and the scientific approach to experimentally correlate physical variables to one another using methods, like dimensional analysis, linearization, tables, graphics
-      you are familiar with the basic concepts of mechanics, i.e. statics and dynamics and how to correlate them with each other. You can explain concepts such as force, friction, linear momentum, momentum, angular momentum, moments of inertia, work and energy.
-      you have a basis to progress in your studies in engineering and natural sciences  

2. Skills and abilities

- you can make free-body diagrams, analyze and calculate forces and momentum of two-dimensional rigid bodies at rest, equilibrium.
- you are able to use Newton`s laws to formulate and solve mechanical problems involving particle and rigid body motion in two dimensions, i.e. kinematics and kinetics.
- you will learn to apply the Newton’s laws to describe the motion of simple and composite systems that are translating and rotating
- you can apply the conditions of equilibrium to solve problems in statics, including engineering applications
- you can apply the principles of mechanical energy to systems with rotating parts
- you have basics experimental skills: planning, implementing and evaluating the outcomes of experimental measures, determining the relationships with mathematical model
- you can write a technical report presenting the results of the experimental activity and commenting them 

3. Assessment and attitude

- you can evaluate if results and calculations are reasonable
- you use a science approach and have knowledge of several technical/engineering applications
- you are aware of your own responsibility for developing sustainable technical solutions


-      Experimental methods: i. e. planning a scientific experiment, carrying out experimental work, analysis of experimental data, scientific writing (report about the experimental work)
-      Kinematics
- Forces, torques/moments and systems of forces
- Equilibrium for simple and composite mechanical systems and applications such as for structures, frames and trusses
- Friction with applications in statics and dynamics
- Newton`s laws and applications
- Work and energy, conservative forces
- Momentum and collisions
- Periodic motion
- Movement of center of mass
-  Inertia and angular momentum
- Kinetics and kinematics of rigid bodies (translation and rotation)
- Applications


The teaching is given in form of lectures and compulsory laboratory work. The lectures contain overview of theory, demonstrations and problem solving.


Written exam and mandatory assignments/dugga with a a self-assesment tool. Approved laboratory course and written reports are required. Alternative forms of examination may occur.


This course cannot be included in a study program in combination with courses F0004T, F0006T or W0012T.

Isabella Concina

Literature. Valid from Spring 2020 Sp 3 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
P.-A. Jansson, R. Grahn, M. Enelund, MEKANIK, Studentlitteratur
Compendium of Experimental Methods (provided in the CANVAS room of the course)
Laboratory Instructions (provided in the CANVAS room of the course)

Course offered by
Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0001Written examG U 3 4 54.00MandatoryA19
0002Other Me&EM/quizzestestsG U 3 4 51.50MandatoryA19
0003Laboratory work in classical mechanicsU G#1.00MandatoryA19
0004Laboratory work in experimental methodsU G#1.00MandatoryA19

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.