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UCL Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering Sciences


MECH0006 Engineering Dynamics

MECH0006 Engineering Dynamics

FHEQ Level:
4 (Undergraduate Yr 1)
Term 2
UCL / ECTS Credits:
15 UCL / 7.5 ECTS
Previous Module Code:
ENGF0003 Mathematical Modelling and Analysis 1 and MECH0003 Introduction to Mechanical Engineering

Taught By

Dr PJ Tan (Module Coordinator):
PJ Tan

Module Overview

The aims of the module are two-fold. First, it aims to teach the basic analytical methods, that is, the fundamental concepts and techniques of engineering dynamics. Second, it aims, in a limited way, to show the implementation of these methods in the design and analysis of simple basic mechanisms.

The module concentrates on dynamics where the concepts of Newton’s laws of motion, forces, work, energy, momentum and impulse will be covered and explained in depth using examples from everyday phenomena.

Students will obtain modelling knowledge, tools and experience appropriate for a first year engineering module, providing the foundation for higher-level modules.

Topics Covered

  • Kinematics of particles
  • Kinetics of particles – Newton’s laws of motion
  • Kinetics of particles – work and energy
  • Kinetics of particles – impulse and momentum
  • Kinematics of rigid bodies
  • Kinetics of rigid bodies – forces and accelerations
  • Kinetics of rigid bodies – work and energy principles – momentum methods

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this module students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the essential facts, concepts, theories and principles underlying Classical Mechanics.
  • Have an appreciation of the wider multidisciplinary context of the underlying theory, including its applications to engineering design and application to real world problems.
  • Apply appropriate quantitative science, engineering and mathematical tools to the analysis of problems arising in dynamics.

Method of Instruction

This module is taught through:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials

Practical classes related to the reinforcement of conceptual ideas taught in this module will be conducted and assessed in MECH0004 Mechanical Engineering Practical Skills 1.


This module is assessed entirely through an unseen written examination.

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