Full course description
Classical mechanics forms the central part of all physical science and engineering. It accurately describes the dynamical effects of forces under all conditions. It can be divided into statics: the study of equilibrium, and dynamics: the study of motion caused by forces. Though classical mechanics fails on the scale of atoms and molecules, it remains the framework for much of modern science and technology. This is an intensive course that comprehensively trains the students to the basic, classical, and essential fundamentals of classical mechanics. The course aims at an understanding of the fundamental principles of Classical Mechanics and how to apply them in specific situations. Here we address the major parts of Classical Mechanics: statics and kinematics, Newton’s laws, work and energy, momentum and collisions, rotational dynamics, and gravitation. Each of these subjects is taught on a theoretical level as lecture, and trained on a practical level with exercises and practical training sessions. Associated (but not co-required) to this course are skill courses Physics Laboratory PRA1003, PRA2007, PRA3002, involving experimental practical training sessions.
- To acquaint the student with the basics of Classical Mechanics.
- To acquire general understanding of theoretical and practical methods in Classical Mechanics.
- To serve as sufficient basis for future education in physical sciences.
- To be able to apply this knowledge to concrete practical problems.
- To be able to read texts that build on the subjects of this course.
- MAT2006 Calculus
- MAT2004 Linear Algebra
- Classical Mechanics, an undergraduate text, R. Douglas Gregory, Cambridge University Press 2006, ISBN-13 978-0-521-82678-5.