MEKT1201 - Mechanics 1


New from the academic year 2023/2024

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 will provide the basis for more detailed and complex issues and calculations in topics coming later in the study. The course contributes to the D-string of the study program, i.e. digitalization/ digital competence, through use of calculation software in connection with compulsory activities.


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

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, assignments and computer exercises with academic supervision, laboratory exercise. 2/3 of the assignments and computer exercises must be approved prior to the examination. The laboratory exercise 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.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Civil Engineering (BIBYGG)

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
TKT4116 7.5 AUTUMN 2023
TKT4118 7.5 AUTUMN 2023
TKT4126 5.0 AUTUMN 2023
MEKT1001 7.5 AUTUMN 2023
MEKA1001 7.5 AUTUMN 2023
MEKG1001 7.5 AUTUMN 2023
MEKG1001F 7.5 AUTUMN 2023
MEKA1101 7.5 AUTUMN 2023
MEKG1101 7.5 AUTUMN 2023
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Structural Engineering
  • Machine Design
  • Structural Mechanics
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Structural Engineering


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring 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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