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Module MA11400: Mechanics
 Credit weighting (ECTS)

10 credits
 Semester/term taught

Michaelmas & Hilary term 201920
 Contact Hours

11 weeks, 3 lectures including tutorials per week
per term

 Lecturer
 Prof Jan Manschot
 Learning Outcomes

 Module Content

 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 multiparticle systems, centre of mass, conservation of momentum, impulse);
 Work and energy (definition of work and the workenergy theorem, potential and kinetic energy);
 Potential and kinetic energy (conservative and nonconservative forces, conservation of energy);
 Angular momentum (torque, conservation of angular momentum);
 Moment of inertia (motion involving translation and rotation).
 Collisions (elastic and inelastic);
 Rigid body motion (precession, tensor of inertia);
 Noninertial systems & ficticious forces (centrifugal and coriolis forces) ;
 Central forces (twobody problem, general properties of central force motion);
 Harmonic oscillator (driven and damped oscillations).

 Module Prerequisite
 None
 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 3hour examination in Trinity term. The final grade will consist of 80% exam and 20% continuous assessment. Reassessments if required will consist of 100% exam.