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Academic Year/course: 2017/18

436 - Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Engineering Technology

30002 - Physics I

Syllabus Information

Academic Year:
30002 - Physics I
Faculty / School:
110 - Escuela de Ingeniería y Arquitectura
436 - Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Engineering Technology
436-First semester o Second semester
107-Second semester
Subject Type:
Basic Education

5.3. Syllabus

Physics I course focuses on the basics of Mechanics and more applied aspects such as mechanical oscillations, elasticity and fluid mechanics. It also provides the basic concepts and principles of Thermodynamics. Being a basic training course, the acquired knowledge are intended as a starting point for other courses of the industrial engineering branch specific to the degree.


1. Kinematics: position, velocity and acceleration vectors. Trajectory. Reference frames: Cartesian, polar and intrinsic coordinates. Relative movement.

2. Particle dynamics: Newton’s laws. Inertial and non-inertial reference frames. Linear and angular momenta. Work and energy.

3. Dynamics of a system of particles: Introduction: collisions between two particles. Centre of mass. Equation of motion. Linear and angular momenta, conservation laws. Mechanical energy.

4. Rigid Bodies: Moments of inertia. Rotation dynamics about a fixed axis. Work and energy in rotational motion. Equilibrium conditions: Statics.

5. Mechanical vibrations: Simple harmonic motion. Damped oscillations. Forced oscillations: resonance. Anharmonic oscillations analysis.

6.  Elasticity: Stress and strain. Hooke's law. Elastic moduli.

7. Fluid Mechanics: Introduction: ideal fluids, basic concepts. Statics: Pascal’s and Archimedes’ principles. Dynamics: Bernoulli’s equation and applications.

8. Temperature and heat: Temperature: thermometers and thermometric scales. Thermal expansion. Heat and heat capacity. Heat transfer.

9. First Law of thermodynamics. Processes: internal energy, equilibrium states. State variables and equations of state. Ideal gases: state variables and internal energy. Thermodynamic processes for an ideal gas.

10. Second Law of thermodynamics. Heat Engines: Introduction: Entropy and second law. Carnot cycle. Thermal machines. Other cycles.