Introduction to Mechanics and Thermodynamics


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


  • Have knowledge about equations of motion
  • Have knowledge about forces and 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 mechanical impact
  • Have knowledge about rotation, rotational moment of inertia, and angular momentum
  • 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 thermodynamical material properties
  • Have knowledge about thermodynamic cycles and associated machines


  • 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 or oral exam
Permitted aidsInformation about allowed helping aids for the examination will be published in the description of the semester/module.
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleGrundlæggende mekanik og termodynamik
Module codeF-FYS-B2-3B
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 Mechanical Engineering and Physics
DepartmentDepartment of Materials and Production
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science