MEK2200 - Continuum Mechanics
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
MEK2200 gives an introduction to continuum mechanics and the mathematical description of forces, stresses and deformations in viscous fluids and elastic materials. The course focuses on the stress tensor, Cauchy’s stress-strain relations, deformations and strain. We study Hooke’s law for elastic matter, Newton’s law of friction in fluids, as well as simple viscoelastic models (stress-strain relations). We consider the derivation of fundamental equations of motion and conservation equations.
After having completed the course:
- you will have knowledge about fundamental equations of conservation and motion in viscous fluids and elastic materials
- you will have knowledge about the stress tensor and its significance for the mathematical description of viscous fluids and elastic materials
- you will have knowledge about Hooke’s law for elastic materials, Newton’s law of friction for fluids and similar models for viscoelastic fluids
- you will know how to derive primitive and developed forms of the equations of motion
- you will master index and vector notation
- you will be able to solve explicit problems involving the equations of motion for viscous fluids and elastic materials
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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:
One of these:
- Mathematics R1
- Mathematics (S1+S2)
And and in addition one of these:
- Mathematics (R1+R2)
- 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. Read more about special admission requirements (in Norwegian).
Recommended previous knowledge
MAT1100 - Calculus, MAT1110 - Calculus and linear algebra, MAT-INF1100 - Modelling and computations / MAT-INF1100L - Programming, Modelling and Computations (continued), and MEK1100 - Vector Calculus. Should be taken together with MAT1120 - Linear algebra.
10 credits with MEK3220 - Continuum Mechanics (discontinued).
10 credits with MEK4200 - Viscous Flow and Elastic Media (discontinued).
10 credits with ME115.
The information about overlaps is not complete. Contact the department for more information if necessary.
6 hours colloquia/exercises for the duration of one semester. The exercises are mainly based on independent work from the students. The students must hand in compulsory assignments.
Two compulsory assignments have to be handed in and approved. Final written examination.
Examination support material
Rottmann's formula list + approved calculator.
Language of examination
The examination text is given in Norwegian. You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish or Danish.
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.