## Admission Requirements

Kaleidoscoop Natuurkunde, Wiskunde Basis, Analyse 1, Lineaire Algebra 1

## Description

Classical Mechanics describes the (non-relativistic) motion of objects in a 3-dimensional space. The course shows how to describe such motion mathematically, by analyzing forces and writing down and solving equations of motion. Classical Mechanics a is based on Newton’s law and describes simple linear and rotational motion. It is followed by Classical Mechanics b (2nd year) where motion is considered using the Hamilton-Lagrange formalism.

## Course objectives

Understanding the basic concepts of Classical Mechanics, being able to apply them, and being able to formulate solution strategies, with respect to the following subjects:

• Newton’s laws; force and motion.

• Energy, work, momentum, angular momentum.

• Equations of motion in 3D

• Friction: static, dynamic, linear and quadratic.

• Conservative forces and potential energy.

• Damped and drive Harmonic Oscillator.

• Non-intertial systems (accelerating and rotating): Coriolisforce, centripetal versus centrifugal force, transversal force.

• Many-particle systems :center-of-gravity, moment of intertia, collisions.

## Timetable

## Mode of instruction

Lectures and exercise class

## Assessment method

Written exam and test. The test, halfway in the course, is diagnostic in nature, and allows the student to assess his / her progress. The result of the test weighs positivily in the final result. The grade C is determined by the result of the written exam T and the test result t according to C = (t+2T)/3 when t > T, or C=T in other cases. This is only the case at the first occasion of the written exam. At the resit, C=T. Furthermore there will be homework assignments which can lead to a normalized bonuspoint when 80 % of the assingments have been handed in

## Blackboard

The course uses Blackboard for making studymaterial available; in particular the homework and exercise class assignments and their solutions, as well as old exams. In the preparation for the exam, a discussion forum will be available.

To access Blackboard you need an ULCN account. Blackboard

## Reading list

Obligatory: Analytical Mechanics, G.R. Fowles and G.L. Cassiday 6th or 7th edition (Thomson Learning, inc., 1999), ISBN 9780534408138.

## Contact

Contactgegevens docent: Prof.dr.J Aarts (Jan)