Introduction to Mechanics and Thermodynamics


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


  • Have knowledge about Newton’s laws
  • Have knowledge about static equilibrium
  • Have knowledge about work and power
  • Have knowledge about kinetic, potential and mechanical energy
  • Have knowledge about momentum and angular momentum
  • Have knowledge about rotation and rotational moment of inertia
  • Have knowledge about torque
  • Have knowledge about the laws of thermodynamics
  • Have knowledge about ideal gases
  • Have knowledge about heat, work and internal energy
  • Have knowledge about thermo-dynamical material properties
  • Have knowledge about the Boltzmann distribution
  • Have knowledge about entropy


  • Be able to solve simple problems within the subjects from which knowledge has been achieved


  • Be able to apply theories and methods within mechanics and thermodynamics on simple model systems
  • Be able to develop and enforce knowledge about, understanding of and application of theories and methods within mechanics and thermodynamics on other subjects
  • Given certain preconditions, be able to make arguments with terms from mechanics and thermodynamics

Type of instruction

Lectures with exercises.

Extent and expected workload

Since it is a 5 ECTS course, the work load is expected to be 150 hours for the student.



Name of examIntroduction to Mechanics and Thermodynamics
Type of exam
Written exam
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentAs stated in the Joint Programme Regulations.

Facts about the module

Danish titleGrundlæggende mekanik og termodynamik
Module codeF-FYS-B2-3
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionDanish and English
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg, Campus Esbjerg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Mathematics, Physics and Nanotechnology
DepartmentDepartment of Mathematical Sciences
FacultyFaculty of Engineering and Science