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Course content

The topics covered in the course are deformations, strains and stresses in solid (elastic) materials; constitutive equations (linear and nonlinear models, isotropic and anisotropic); elastic energy and work; balance equations (static and dynamic); solving elastic initial and boundary value problems numerically; the finite element method.

Learning outcome

After completing this course you will:

  • have knowledge about how a solid (materials, structures) behaves when it is exposed to forces and deformations.
  • Have knowledge about numerical solution of solid mechanics problems using finite elements
  • have a basis for further studies in solid mechanics and other subjects where knowledge of solid mechanics is important (e.g. materials science, geology, biology).


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

In addition to fulfilling the Higher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:

  • Mathematics R1 (or Mathematics S1 and S2) + R2

And and in addition one of these:

  • Physics (1+2)
  • Chemistry (1+2)
  • Biology (1+2)
  • Information technology (1+2)
  • Geosciences (1+2)
  • Technology and theories of research (1+2)

The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies (in Norwegian).

Recommended previous knowledge

Emnet bygger på FYS-MEK1110 - Mechanics, MAT1100 - Calculus, MAT1110 - Calculus and linear algebraMAT1120 - Linear algebraMEK2200 - Continuum Mechanics og INF1100 - Introduction to programming with scientific applications (continued).

Overlapping courses

* The information about overlaps is not complete. Contact the department for more information if necessary.


4 hours of lectures, 2 hours exercises per week. The exercises are mainly based on independent work from the students. 


2 compulsory assignments need to be passed within given deadlines to be allowed to take the final exam. Final mark based on written examination (4 hours) at the end of the semester.

Rules for compulsory assignments at the Department of Mathematics.

Language of examination

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






Every autumn


Every autumn

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)