Course syllabus

Mechanics of Materials

VSMA10, 3 credits, G1 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2020/21
Decided by: PLED V
Date of Decision: 2020-03-23

General Information

Compulsory for: IBYI2, IBYV2
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


The aim of the course is to give an introduction to mechanics of materials with application to simple types of structures that are common in buildings and infrastructure.

The course is intended as basic general knowledge for a BSc in Civil Engineering and to give necessary prerequisites for further studies in geotechnical engineering and structural mechanics.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must


The course starts with a discussion of the concepts of force, moment, free-body diagrams and equilibrium, with application to trusses, and introduction of the concepts stress and strain.

After that follows a deeper treatment of the concepts through work with statically determinate beams.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: One hand-in assignment and written examination.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.


Assumed prior knowledge: FMA645 Calculus or FMAA50 Calculus and FMA656 Mathematics, Linear Algebra or FMAA55 Mathematics, Linear Algebra
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: VSMA20, FME602, VSMA05

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Henrik Danielsson,
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