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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
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).

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Module Prerequisite
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