MEKA1101 - Mechanics 1


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours D

Course content

STATICS: Statics basis. Forces and bending moment. Static equilibrium. Trusses and frames. Point loads and distributed loads. Statically determinate and indeterminate systems. Normal forces, shear forces and bending moment.

MECHANICS OF MATERIALS: Centroid of area and 2nd moment of area. Stress, strain and elasticity. Normal and shear stress. Deformation of beams. Torsion of circular sections.

Learning outcome

The course mechanics 1 provides general knowledge in statics and mechanics of materials.

Mechanics 1 has the following learning goals:


The candidate should:

  • be able to explain how forces and stresses work on structures and what is happening in the structure itself when it is loaded
  • have a good knowledge of the linear beam theory (Euler-Bernoulli) and know how it can be used in practical situations
  • have a good knowledge of the basic relationship of the subject areas history, traditions, individuality and place in the society
  • know research and development within the field of skills


The candidate should be able to:

  • apply her/his knowledge in mechanics on simple practical tasks
  • calculate reaction forces and other forces in simple truss and frame structures for different loadings
  • calculate, draw and interpret diagrams for axial force, shear force and bending moment in simple constructions
  • calculate normal stresses in different sections of structural elements
  • calculate shear stresses and strains due to torsion of circular sections
  • use digital tools for calculations

General competence

The candidate should:

  • have knowledge of relevant professional ethical issues
  • have a good understanding of the relationship between the basic theory and the practical applications of the subject
  • have a good knowledge of the principles of equilibrium and elasticity
  • have basic understanding of structures
  • have acquired a good academic basis and good understanding of mechanics for other subjects in the study to build upon
  • have acquired an understanding of basic issues and be able to communicate these to others within their own fields of study
  • understand the relationship between external loads on a construction and its material properties.
  • be able to use physical insight to analyze and solve statics and strength of materials problems within the framework of the syllabus of the course
  • use a basic relevant term and formula apertures

Sustainability competence

  • The course contributes to the students understading of basic principles to design safe and economically sustainable structures.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, assignments, digital exercises including python programming, laboratory exercise. 2/3 of the assignments must be approved prior to exam. The laboratory work is compulsory.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

Re-sit exam in August. For the re-sit exam, the examination form may be changed from written to oral.

Course materials

  • Kolbein Bell: Konstruksjonsmekanikk - Del 1: Likevektslære.
  • Kolbein Bell: Konstruksjonsmekanikk - Del 2: Fasthetslære.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
MEKT1101 7.5 AUTUMN 2023
MEKT1201 7.5 AUTUMN 2023
MEKG1101 7.5 AUTUMN 2023
MEKG1001 7.5 AUTUMN 2023
MEKG1001F 7.5 AUTUMN 2023
MEKA1001 7.5 AUTUMN 2023
MEKT1001 7.5 AUTUMN 2023
VB6103 7.5 AUTUMN 2023
TKT4116 7.5 AUTUMN 2023
TKT4118 7.5 AUTUMN 2023
BYG2251 7.5 AUTUMN 2023
VB6046 7.5 AUTUMN 2024
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Ålesund

Subject area(s)
  • Structural Engineering
  • Machine Design
  • Structural Mechanics
Contact information


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS School exam 100/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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