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Exams after the reopening

As a general rule, exams will be conducted without physical attendance in the autumn of 2021, even after the reopening. See the semester page for information about the form of examination in your course. See also more information about examination at the MN Faculty in 2021.

Course content

Then course 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.

Learning outcome

After completing the course you

  • will have knowledge about fundamental equations of conservation and motion in viscous fluids and elastic materials
  • will have knowledge about the stress tensor and its significance for the mathematical description of viscous fluids and elastic materials
  • will have knowledge about Hooke’s law for elastic materials, Newton’s law of friction for fluids and similar models for viscoelastic fluids
  • know how to derive primitive and developed forms of the equations of motion
  • will master index and vector notation
  • are able to solve explicit problems involving the equations of motion for viscous fluids and elastic materials.

Admission to the course

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.

Special admission requirements

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 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).

Overlapping courses


6 hours of lectures/exercises per week throughout the semester. The exercises are to a large extent based on independent work from the students.


Final written exam which counts 100 % towards the final grade. 

This course has 2 mandatory assignments that must be approved before you can sit the final exam.

Examination support material

Rottmann's formula list and approved calculators are allowed. Information about approved calculators in Norwegian.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in Norwegian. You may submit your response 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.

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Dec. 7, 2021 3:49:34 AM

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