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Module MA1241: Mechanics I

Credit weighting (ECTS)
5 credits
Semester/term taught
Michaelmas term 2012-13
Contact Hours
11 weeks, 3 lectures including tutorials per week
Lecturer
Dr. Stefano Kovacs
Learning Outcomes
 
Module Content
  • Introduction (Mechanics as the basis of Physics);
  • Mathematical preliminaries (Vectors and their role in Mechanics, elements of vector algebra.); Kinematics;
  • Newton's Laws: the foundations of Classical Mechanics;
  • Linear momentum (Dynamics of multi-particle systems, centre of mass, conservation of momentum, impulse);
  • Work and Energy. (Definition of work and the work-energy theorem,
  • Potential and kinetic energy, conservative and non-conservative forces, conservation of energy);
  • Angular momentum (Angular momentum of a point-like mass, motion with angular momentum, conservation of angular momentum).

Further information at http://www.maths.tcd.ie/~kovacs/Teaching/Mechanics/Classical_Mechanics.html

Module Prerequisite
None
Assessment Detail
This module will be examined jointly with MA1242 in a 3-hour examination in Trinity term, except that those taking just one of the two modules will have a 2 hour examination.