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Applied Mechanics


The syllabus provides the theoretical fundamentals required to the comprehension and interpretation of the central concepts of mechanics applied to engineering. The topics were chosen, and are lectured in a way to provide a continuous and gradual learning experience, so that an average student may reach the proposed objectives and gain the required skills.

These topics were also selected in coordination with the other curricular units in the physics and engineering areas.


Science in Aerospace Engineering

Level of Qualification|Semesters|ECTS

| Semestral | 5

Year | Type of course unit | Language

2 |Mandatory |Português



Recommended complementary curricular units

Math and Physics

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  1. Forces - plane and space decomposition of vectors
  2. Moment of a Force
  3. Equivalent force systems
  4. Rigid Body Balance
  5. Geometric center and center of gravity
  6. Structure Analysis
  7. Friction


  • Particles

             Kinematics (Rectilinear Motion, Coordinate System)

             Kinetics (Newton's Laws and Euler's Laws; Work-Energy Principle; Momentum Conservation and Impulse)

  • 2D rigid body movement

             Kinematics (Relative Motion, Instantaneous Zero Speed Center, Two-Frame Speeds and Accelerations

             Kinetics (Newton / Euler Equations; Work-Energy Principle; Impulse and Moment)


The lectures are centered on the introduction to the different topics, practical examples and analysis of several problems. The methods applied have a goal of stimulating the interest and research initiative by the students. They allow a continuous and gradual learning process, in a model which merges theoretical exposure to practical examples, as well as a continuous work by the student outside the class, so that he can reach the proposed objectives and acquire the desired knowledge and skills.

Teaching methodologies and assessment

The classes are theoretical and practical, where the theoretical exposition of the syllabus is accompanied by the presentation of practical examples and the resolution of exercises. Self-study and self-study outside the classroom is encouraged and considered fundamental. The web page of the course on the moodle platform will be used to present the syllabus and supporting teaching materials. Several statements of problems for non-presential work will be distributed and the study of the students will be followed.

Assessment: two assessment frequencies corresponding to 70% of the grade. During the semester, individual assignments will be distributed to be delivered the following week. The weight of these tasks corresponds to 20% of the final grade. Attendance will have a weight of 10% relative to the total number of attendances.


  1. Mecânica Vectorial para Engenheiros - Estática e Dinâmica; Beer, F. P.; Johnston, E. R., Eisenberg, E. R., McGraw- Hill, 10ª ed., 2013
  2. Mecânica para Engenharia - Estática, Meriam, J. L. e Kraige, L. G., LTC, 6ª ed., 1998


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Sexta-feira 18:30 - 19:30

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