**Duration:**

**Number of lectures per week:** 3

**Assessment:** Weekly assignments counting 25%

**End-of-year Examination:** One 3-hour exam

**Description: **

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

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