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EG 1502
FUNDAMENTAL ENGINEERING MECHANICS
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr P C Davidson

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

1. Coordinate Systems, Newton’s Second and Third Laws, Static Equilibrium and Equations of Motion

  • Definition of Cartesian coordinate system for planar motion. Statement of equations of motion and static equilibrium

  • Definition of Polar coordinate system for planar motion. Statement of equations of motion and static equilibrium.


  • 2. Free Body Diagrams - Static Equilibrium
  • Beam

  • Truss structures

  • Gears, levers and pulleys


  • 3. Free Body Diagrams – Dynamic Equations of Motion
  • Accelerating car

  • Projectile including variable mass?

  • Spring mass damper system

  • Pendulum


  • 4. Definition of Stress and Strain
  • Definition of uniaxial stress and strain

  • Definition of shear stress and strain


  • 5. Loading of Beams
  • Shear Force Diagrams

  • Bending Moment Diagrams


  • 6. Trusses
  • Method of sections


  • 7. Work-Energy Methods
  • Free fall under gravity

  • Compression of a spring buffer


  • 8. Impulse Momentum Methods
  • Impact of rigid bodies
  • The course will consist of 30 one-hour lectures, 12 one-hour tutorials and 5 two-hour laboratory/design sessions. Detailed schedules are provided separately.

    1st Attempt: 1 written examination of two hours duration (80%) and continuous assessment based on the laboratory/design exercises (20%).

    Resit: 1 written examination of three hours duration (80%), with previous coursework marks used to make up the remaining (20%).