# Module MA1241: Mechanics I

**Credit weighting (ECTS)**- 5 credits
**Semester/term taught**- Michaelmas term 2018-19
**Contact Hours**- 11 weeks, 3 lectures including tutorials per week
**Lecturer**- Prof Jan Manschot
**Learning Outcomes**- 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);
- Potential and kinetic energy (conservative and non-conservative forces, conservation of energy);
- Angular momentum (torque, conservation of angular momentum);
- Moment of inertia (motion involving translation and rotation).
**Module Prerequisite**- None

**Module Content**

**Required Reading**

D. Kleppner, R. J. Kolenkow, *An Introduction to Mechanics,* 2nd edition, Cambridge University Press

**Assessment Detail**

This module will be examined in a 2-hour **examination** in Michaelmas term. The final grade will consist of 80% exam and 20% continuous assessment.