MEKG1101 - 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 two basic courses Mechanics 1 and Mechanics 2 will provide basic knowledge in statics and the theory of solidity. The courses Mechanics 1 and 2 form a foundation for advanced courses in solid state mechanics. Mechanics 1 has the following learning objectives:


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:

  • use physical insight to analyze and solve statics and solidity learning problems, within the framework of the syllabus in the subject
  • calculate reaction forces and joint forces in simple trusses and frame constructions under various load stresses
  • calculate, sketch and interpret diagrams for axial force, shear force and bending moment in simple constructions
  • calculate normal stresses in various sections of structural elements
  • calculate shear stresses and strains as a result of torsion on circular cross-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

Digital competence

Programming in Python: Simple calculations, plotting curves, reading data from file, numerical integration, regression.

Sustainability competence

The course helps to give students the necessary basis for designing safe and economical constructions.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, assignments, computer exercises with Python, laboratory exercise.

2/3 of the exercises must be approved in order to be admitted to the exam.

The course is organized for web based students and lecture videos with theory and calculation examples will be put on the learning platform. Guidance is done through the learning platform, both synchronously using tools such as Zoom, and asynchronously using "forum".

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.

Specific conditions

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
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
MEKA1101 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: Gjøvik

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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