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SFY0010 : Mechanical Science

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Vladimir Vinogradov
  • Lecturer: Dr Philip Hyde
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


A rigorous first level introduction to engineering approaches and problem-solving in mechanics (statics, dynamics) and thermodynamics as a basis for Stage 1 study in a broad range of engineering sciences and applications.

Outline Of Syllabus

Mechanics (50% of the module)

Vector quantities, forces, moments, concurrents forces in a place (composition, resolution, equilibrium), parrallel forces in a plane (resultant and centroid). Newton's laws of motion, connected particles, friction, motion on an inclined plane and limiting equilibrium.

Thermodynamics (50% of the module)

Physical quantities and equations, dimensions and consistency (Stroud), unit system and SI, unit conversions; measurement of pressure and temperature, energy, work and power, heat and energy, calorimetry and specific heat; kinetic theory and ideal gas law, real gases, solids, liquids and gases (vaporisation, latent heat, saturated states); introduction to heat transfer; first law (conservation of energy), typical processes, engineering cycles; flow processes, heat exchanges.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion41:004:00Spot tests
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture481:0048:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion124:0024:00Exam Revision
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Written Exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching201:0020:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1102:00102:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures convey the underlying engineering science and illustrate the physical and mathematical approaches required to apply this to a range of engineering-based problems.
Tutorials assist the students to put into practice the principles and methods taught in the lectures.
Spot tests have a formative intent to help the students assess their own progress and to plan their revision for the end-of-semester examination.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A70N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prob solv exercises1M30Spot tests
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination is used to confirm the students' success in achieving the Intended Learning Outcomes. Spot tests are used to support students with formative feedback on their progress.

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