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MECH1008 Applied Mechanics

Code MECH1008
Alt. Codes(s) None
Title Applied Mechanics
Level 1
UCL Credits/ECTs 0.5/7.5
Start September
End June
Taught by
Dr Paul Fromme (50%) Module Coordinator
  Dr PJ Tan (50%)


Students considering registering for this course must have attained passes in A-levels or the equivalent that meet the minimum requirements for admission onto the undergraduate programmes in Mechanical Engineering.

Course Aims

The aims of the course are twofold. First, it aims to teach the basic analytical methods, that is, the fundamental concepts and techniques of engineering mechanics (statics and dynamics). Second, it aims, in a limited way, to show the implementation of these methods in engineering design. Building on mathematical skills from A-levels Mathematics (including for some students Mechanics modules) and concurrent first year Modelling & Analysis course, basic concepts of statics and dynamics are introduced, practiced and applied to simple engineering problems. Students will obtain modelling knowledge, tools and experience appropriate for a first year engineering course, providing the foundation for higher level courses.

Method of Instruction

Lecture presentations including tutorials, two laboratory classes (Torsional Pendulum, Rolling Disc).


The course has the following assessment components:

  • Written Examination (3 hours, 75%)
  • Coursework (25%) from two laboratory reports and mid-year test.

To pass this course, students must:

  • Obtain an overall pass mark of 40% for all sections combined.

Recommended Reading

  • Engineering Mechanics: Statics, R.C. Hibbeler (SI Units), Pearson – Prentice Hall
  • R.C. Hibbeler, Engineering Mechanics – Dynamics, 12th Edition, Pearson
  • Meriam and Kraige, Engineering Mechanics – Vol 2: Dynamics, 6th Edition, Wiley


Statics: equilibrium; internal and external forces, Beam shear force and bending moment diagrams. Analysis simple structures, internal forces, centre of gravity. Kinematics, particle dynamics, (application of Newton's Laws); impulse and momentum, work, energy and power. Rigid body dynamics, Simple vibration theory. Introduction to gyroscopes.

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