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
Permitted aids
With certain aids:
Unless otherwise stated in the course description in Moodle, it is permitted to bring all kinds of (engineering) aids including books, notes and advanced calculators. If the student brings a computer, it is not permitted to have access to the Internet and the teaching materials from Moodle must therefore be down loaded in advance on the computer. It is emphasized that no form of electronic communication must take place.
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 codeN-EN-B2-3
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg, Campus Esbjerg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Energy
DepartmentDepartment of Energy Technology
FacultyFaculty of Engineering and Science