# Module MA1241: Mechanics I

**Credit weighting (ECTS)**- 5 credits
**Semester/term taught**- Michaelmas term 2013-14
**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.htm

**Module Prerequisite**- None
**Assessment Detail**- This module will be examined in a 2-hour
**examination**in Trinity term. The final grade will consist of 80% exam and 20% continuous assessment. Supplemental exams if required will consist of 100% exam