Mechanics and Heat (F3210)

15 credits, Level 4

Autumn teaching

In this module, you will study classical mechanics, as well as the laws of thermodynamics and macroscopic property of matter.

In mechanics, you’ll learn about concepts including:

  • linear and rotational motion
  • forces
  • Newton’s laws
  • momentum
  • angular momentum and energy.

You’ll apply these concepts to settings such as Newtonian gravity and the harmonic oscillator.

You’ll learn about the laws of thermodynamics followed by macroscopic bodies, including concepts and phenomena such as pressure, internal energy and changes of state.


72%: Lecture
28%: Practical (Workshop)


20%: Coursework (Portfolio)
80%: Examination (Unseen examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 61 hours of contact time and about 89 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: