This course is discontinued

MEK1500 – Introduction to Solid Mechanics

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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Course content

Basic concepts and requirements, fundamentals of statics. Stresses, strains and material laws (constitutive equations) with emphasis on elastic properties (Hooke's law). Yield and fracture criteria. Stresses and strains in beams, torsion, deformations of beams and frames. Work and energy. Statically indeterminate beams and frames. Second order bending theory and elastic instability (buckling).

Learning outcome

The course shall provide knowledge about how a solid (materials, structures) behaves when it is exposed to forces and deformations. The course gives the students a basis for further studies in solid and structural mechanics and other subjects where knowledge of solid mechanics is important (e.g. materials science, geotechnics, geology).


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

FYS-MEK1110 – Mechanics, MAT1100 – Calculus and MAT1110 – Calculus and Linear Algebra.

Overlapping courses

10 credits with ME 150.

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


Taught for the first time autumn 2004. 6 hours of lectures and exercises/colloquia per week. The exercises are mainly based on independent work from the students. The students must hand in compulsory assignments.


Five compulsory assignments need to be passed within given deadlines to be allowed to take the final exam. Final mark based on written examination at the end of the semester. Letter grading (A-F).

Rules for compulsory assignments at the Department of Mathematics (norwegian only)

Examination support material

Rottmann's formula list + approved calculator.
Information about approved calculators (Norwegian only)

Language of examination

Subjects taught in English will only offer the exam paper in English.

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

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

This subject offers new examination in the beginning of the subsequent term for candidates who withdraw during an ordinary examination or fail an ordinary examination. Deferred examinations for students who due to illness or other valid reason of absence were unable to sit for their final exams will be arranged at the same time. (These valid reasons has to be documented within given deadlines.)

For general information about new and deferred examination, see

More information about examination at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences can be found here

Facts about this course






This version of the course will be held for the last time Autumn 2009. MEK2500 – Introduction to Solid Mechanics (discontinued) will still be held.


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