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Unit information: Engineering Physics II in 2020/21

Unit name Engineering Physics II
Unit code EMAT20010
Credit points 10
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Professor. Mulholland
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Engineering Mathematics
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


This unit is the follow-on to the first year Engineering Physics 1, and will introduce more advanced topics in Physics and Mechanics relevant to modelling engineering systems. These include:

  • Three-dimensional Kinematics and Dynamics of Rigid Bodies
  • Energy Methods
  • Modal Decomposition
  • Nonlinear Behaviour


Students will be introduced to more advanced topics in Engineering Mechanics and shown further applications of the theory to real systems. They will acquire a solid background in the subject that will prepare them to deal with some of its most challenging engineering problems.

Intended learning outcomes

At the end of this unit, students should have an in-depth understanding of the mathematics underlying key concepts in Physics and Mechanics, including the kinematics and dynamics of rigid bodies in 3d, Lagrangian descriptions of mechanical systems and nonlinear behaviour.

Teaching details

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, including lectures, supported by live online sessions, problem sheets and self-directed exercises. The unit will be supported by weekly workshops, which will provide blended learning involving class discussion, problem solving, and/or group presentations. Students will be expected to actively participate in the workshops, and engage with readings, self-directed exercises, and problem-solving activities

Assessment Details

The unit is assessed by 100% coursework, as follows:

3 x worksheets (20% each)

1 x worksheet (40%)

Worksheets will assess all ILOs.

Reading and References

  • Engineering Mechanics: Statics & Dynamics. Bedford, Anthony
  • Engineering Mechanics Vol 1, Statics. Meriam, J.L., Kraige, L.G
  • Engineering Mechanics Vol 2, Dynamics. Meriam, J.L., Kraige, L.G
  • Mechanics of Materials. Gere, James M