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Course content

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.

Learning outcome

After completing the course you will:

  • have knowledge about fundamental equations of conservation and motion in viscous fluids and elastic materials;
  • have knowledge about the stress tensor and its significance for the mathematical description of viscous fluids and elastic materials;
  • 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;
  • master index and vector notation;
  • be able to solve explicit problems involving the equations of motion for viscous fluids and elastic materials.


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 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

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.

Overlapping courses

*The information about overlaps for discontinued courses may not be complete. If you have questions, please contact the Department. 


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.


mandatory assignments.

Final written examination.


Examination support material

Rottmann's formula list and approved calculator.

Information about approved calculators (Norwegian only)

Language of examination

The examination text is given in Norwegian. You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish or Danish.

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.

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