MEK2500 – Introduction to Solid Mechanics

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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).


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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:

  • 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 overlap with MEK1500 – Introduction to Solid Mechanics (discontinued)

10 credits with ME150 and ME204.

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


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.

From autumn 2016 this course will have two compulsory assignments.

Rules for compulsory assignments at the Department of Mathematics.

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.

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

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

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

Autumn 2014

Autumn. Taught according to demand and resources. The course will most likely not be given in the Autumn 2013.

Autumn 2014

According to demand and resources.

Teaching language