Klassieke Mechanica a
Year:  20182019 

Catalog number:  4061KLASA 
Teacher(s): 

Language:  Dutch 
Blackboard:  Yes 
EC:  5 
Level:  100 
Period:  Semester 2 
Hours of study:  140:00 hrs 
 Yes Elective choice
 Yes Contractonderwijs
 No Exchange
 No Study Abroad
 No Evening course
 Yes A la Carte
 No Honours Class
Admission requirements
Not applicable
Description
This first course in Classical Mechanics describes the (nonrelativistic) motion of objects in three dimensional space following from Newton’s laws. You learn to describe the motion mathematically, by analyzing forces and setting up the relevant equations.
The introduced concepts such as conservation laws and force balances are used in most physical processes and are therefore of great importance.
The course consists of lectures, exercise classes and demonstrations.
The following concepts will be discussed:
1. Motion and acceleration
2. Newton’s laws: forces and motion.
3. Energy, work, linear momentum, angular momentum.
4. Equations of motion in three dimensions.
5. Harmonic motion, resonance and damped driven harmonic oscillator
6. Friction: static, dynamic
7. Systems of many particles: centerofmass, reduced mass, elastic and inelastic collisions.
8. Rotations around a fixed axis
9. Conservative forces and potential energy.
10. Noninertial systems, both with linear acceleration and rotation. The concepts of Coriolis force, centripetal force, transversal force, Foucault pendulum.
Course objectives
After completing this course you will be able to:
• apply the laws of Newton to describe the motion of simple objects in two and three dimensions and quantify involved forces.
• calculate energy, work, momentum and angular momentum.
• use the conservation laws to quantify the motion of multiple particles.
• take into account various forms of friction and driving forces when determining the motion of objects.
• quantify motion in noninertial systems and know the therein appearing forces, such as the Coriolis force, centripetal and transversal foce.
• apply the concepts of conservative forces and potential energy.
Soft Skills
You will learn to analyze and abstract complex mechanical situations by solving the exercises.
Timetable
Mode of instruction
Lectures and Exercise classes
Assessment method
Written exam and test. The test is halfway through the course and diagnostic in nature. The test can only positively influence the final grade. The final grade is given by C = (t+2T)/3 IF the test grade t is higher than the written exam grade, otherwise C=T. This compensation by a good test results only applies for the first written exam, not for the retake. There will also be homework assignments. Handing in minimally 75 % of these assignments yields a bonus (value normalised on the exam result). The retake consists of a written exam. The bonus will also be taken into account for the retake.
Blackboard
Exercises, solutions, homework assigments and illustrative material are available on blackboard.
Voor toegang tot Blackboard is een ULCNaccount nodig. Blackboard
Reading list
Obligatory (book): Analytical Mechanics, G.R. Fowles and G.L. Cassiday 6th or 7th edition (Thomson Learning, inc., 1999), ISBN 9780534408138.
Contact
Contactgegevens docent: dr. Daniela Kraft)
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