Continuum Mechanics (G1158)

15 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

Topics include: 

  • kinematics (Eulerian and Lagrangian descriptions, velocity, acceleration, rate of change of physical quantities, material derivatives, streamlines)
  • deformation (stress and strain tensors, Hooke's law, equilibrium equations)
  • conservation laws for mass, momentum and energy
  • phase/group velocities of travelling wave solutions
  • models of fluid and solid mechanics.


100%: Lecture


20%: Coursework (Problem Set)
80%: Examination (Unseen examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 117 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: