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Basics of Technical Physics

Structure Type: Study unit
Code: IT00BL14
Curriculum: IT 2023
Level: Bachelor of Engineering
Year of Study: 1 (2023-2024)
Semester: Spring
Credits: 5 cr
Responsible Teacher: Mäkinen, Seppo
Language of Instruction: English

Courses During the Academic Year 2023-2024

Impl.Group(s)Study TimeTeacher(s)LanguageEnrolment
3002IT2023-1, IT2023-1A, IT2023-1B2024-01-08 – 2024-04-30Jarmo Mäkelä, Jussi OjanenFinnish2023-12-01 – 2024-01-12

Learning Outcomes

The student will become familiar with the basic concepts of classical mechanics, they will understand the physical contents of the three Newton's laws and the laws of conservation, and they will be able to apply all these. At first, particles are considered as point-like objects with no shape. Such particles do not experience any resistance from any medium in which they travel. Later on, the shape and mass distribution of the objects will b considered. This leads to concepts, quantities and natural laws related with rotational motion of rigid bodies. The student will acquire a general view of Physics as an important building block of all science. In addition to the theoretical understanding, the student will learn how to perform experimental work in laboratory environment. She will learn to record the obtained results in a logical way, and she will be able to analyse the data in a scientific manner. Further, the student will learn to estimate the accuracy of her/his experimental results, and she will understand the importance of being critical with the results.

Student's Workload

135 h, containing 50 h of scheduled contact studies.


Kinematics (position, time, velocity, acceleration), dynamics (Newton's I, II and III law), friction, statics, work, energy, power, linear momentum, uniform circular motion and gravity, kinematics of rotating rigid bodies, moment of a force, moment of inertia, dynamics of rotating rigid bodies.

Recommended or Required Reading and Other Learning Resources/Tools

Material compiled by the teacher.

Mode of Delivery / Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods

Lectures, exercises, laboratory exercises.

Assessment Criteria

The general assessment criteria of VAMK.

Assessment Methods

Excercise activity, laboratory work, two examinations.