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Module MA1241: Mechanics I

Credit weighting (ECTS)
5 credits
Semester/term taught
Michaelmas term 2014-15
Contact Hours
11 weeks, 3 lectures including tutorials per week
Prof Jan Manschot
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).
Module Prerequisite
Required Reading
D. Kleppner, R. J. Kolenkow, An Introduction to Mechanics, Cambridge University Press
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