ENSC2004 Engineering Mechanics

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Engineering Science major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
Engineering mechanics is the study of how physical systems behave under applied forces and moments. In this unit students are introduced to the fundamental tools and techniques used to analyse a range of 2D engineering mechanics problems. Topics include the relationship between displacement, velocity and acceleration, coordinate systems, forces and moments, free body diagrams, static equilibrium, and momentum and energy methods. Throughout the unit, students will also be exposed to causes of structural failure and how failure can affect people and the environment.
Students are able to (1) apply a range of techniques to determine the kinematics of particles moving in the plane and simple rigid bodies undergoing fixed axis rotation; (2) apply the principle of static equilibrium to rigid bodies and 2D structures to determine external and internal forces and moments; (3) apply momentum and energy methods to determine the dynamics of particles moving in the plane and simple rigid bodies undergoing fixed axis rotation; (4) discuss the causes and impact of failure of engineering structures on people and the environment; and (5) communicate working clearly and concisely using standard engineering processes and conventions.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) quizzes; (2) individual assignment; and (3) examinations. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr James Doherty
Unit rules
MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus and (ATAR Physics or PHYS1030 Bridging Physics)
Advisable prior study:
PHYS1001 Physics for Scientists and Engineers
ENSC2001 Motion and ENSC1002 Material Behaviour from Atoms to Bridges
Contact hours
1 hour practical session each week; 2 hour Lab in weeks 3 and 4 and 2 hour laboratory in weeks 8 and 9
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