Number of lectures per week: 3
Assessment: Weekly assignments counting 25%
End-of-year Examination: One 3-hour exam
The following topics are covered: vectors, Newton's laws, conservation of momentum, Newtonian gravity, inertial and accelerated reference frames, Galilean transformations, motion of charged particles in electric and magnetic fields, conservative forces, conservation of energy, two-particle dynamics, conservation of angular momentum, two-body central force problem, including scattering. Students are encouraged to study nonlinear dynamics, chaos and celestial dynamics using computers.
Objectives: This course aims to present the principles of elementary classical mechanics. It also seeks to introduce at an early stage the methods of scientific reasoning and research.
Textbooks: D. Kleppner and R. Kolenkow, An Introduction to Mechanics. Also, C. Kittel et al., Mechanics, Berkeley Physics Course, Vol 1, is highly recommended.
Nov 8, 2000