The University of Edinburgh
Engineering 1h – Mechanical Engineering
Course Details, Session 2003/2004
Duration Lectures: 12 hours Tutorials: 3 hours
Times Lectures: Monday 10.00 - 11.00 LT4 Appleton Tower
Tutorials: See Engineering 1h course guide
Lecturer Professor Bill Easson Room 132, Sanderson Building, KB.
tel: 0131 650 5688, email: Bill.Easson@ed.ac.uk
Assessment See Engineering 1h Course Guide.
Aim This course aims to provide an introduction to Mechanical Engineering. It will give the
student an insight into the way in which Mechanical Engineers approach and analyse
problems in Mechanics.
Learning By the end of the course, students should be able to:
Outcomes apply Newton’s laws to problems involving linear motion of single bodies
apply Newton’s laws to problems involving systems of connected bodies
apply Newton’s laws to solve problems involving uniform circular motion
understand the need for real, centrally-acting forces in circular motion
identify situations where the principles of conservation of momentum and/or energy
may be applied
use conservation of momentum and/or energy to solve simple linear motion problems
solve simple problems in fluid statics
use Bernoulli’s equation to analyse simple flows
use momentum considerations to determine forces acting due to jets of fluid
Lecture You are expected to take your own notes from the blackboard / OHP during the lectures.
Tutorials Tutorial sheets will be handed out at certain lectures. You should attempt tutorial
questions as the material is covered in the course, and attend all tutorials.
Textbooks A textbook is not required for this course. Use of the library is, of course, strongly
Assumed Higher Maths or equivalent
Mechanical Engineering Topics
Dynamics The behaviour of moving bodies and the forces
involved, eg in vehicles and mechanisms
Fluid Mechanics The laws of liquid and gas flows, eg in pumps and ChemE, Civ+EnvE
turbines, and forces on bodies in a flow, eg
Materials Science The properties of materials related to microscopic ChemE, Civ+EnvE, E+EE
structure and how they are affected by manufacturing
Production Engineering The capability of machine tools and fabrication
Solid Mechanics The strength, deformation and failure limits of Civ+EnvE
structures and components under load
Thermodynamics Energy conversion as in engines, power stations, ChemE, E+EE
compressors and refrigerators. Energy resources
Electrical Machines E+EE
Electronics and E+EE
Heat Transfer ChemE
Design A “synthesis” of everything we know, together with
some inventive genius to turn an idea into a product
which meets specifications of purpose, operation and
Management safety at a price the customer will pay.
In this introductory course, we shall concentrate on Dynamics and Fluid Mechanics. You will soon
discover that there are no firm boundaries between the Engineering disciplines. The Chemical, Civil and
Electrical Engineering courses in Engineering 1h are all relevant to Mechanical Engineering. In all, you
will meet and begin to learn the Engineering approach to problems, and get an insight into what it takes
to be a Professional Engineer.