Mechanics I (PHYS*2310)
Code and section: PHYS*2310*01
Term: Winter 2018
Instructor: Liliana Caballero
The course also relies on a working knowledge of basic mechanics concepts such as 2-D kinematics, forces, Newton’s laws, circular motion, energy, conservation of energy, momentum, collisions, rotational motion, rotational energy, moment of inertia, torque, angular momentum, and simple harmonic motion. I will also assume that students have mastered mathematical concepts such as derivatives, integrals, differential equations, and have been introduced to complex numbers.
This course will place the concepts of introductory mechanics in a formal setting, as well as expanding on topics of classical mechanics. Some of the topics will cover are: two and three dimensional motion, damped and forced harmonic oscillator, gravitation and orbital motion, special relativity, noninertial reference frames, and rigid body dynamics.
|Monday, Wednesday and Friday||9:30 a.m to 10:20 a.m||MCKN, Room 115|
|Thursdays||07:00PM - 09:50PM||MCKN, Room 115|
|Liliana Caballero||MacN 433Dfirstname.lastname@example.org|
Tuesday from 1:00 p.m to 3:00 p.m (or by appointment).
Teaching Assistant: Ryan Westernacher-Schneider
- Classical Mechanics, John R. Taylor, University Science Books, 2005.
- T. Thornton and J. Marion, Classical Dynamics of Particles and Systems, Cengage Learning, 2003.
The University of Guelph Library has a wonderful resource of e-books at Scholars Portal books.
You can login in with your University credentials and have access to countless books with problems to practice. As an example, you will find:
- Greiner, Walter, Classical Mechanics:systems of particles and Hamiltonian dynamics, New York: Springer, 2010.
- Strauch, Dieter, Classical Mechanics: an introduction, Berlin: Springer, 2008.
- Review of Newton’s Laws. Reference frame, multi-particle systems, coordinate systems.
- Air resistance. Linear air resistance, trajectory.
- Conservation laws. Momentum, angular momentum, center of mass, torque, moment of inertia, energy.
- Oscillations. Harmonic motion, damped oscillations.
- Central forces. Relative coordinates, equation of motion, Kepler’s laws.
- Noninertial frames. Angular velocity, centrifugal force, Coriolis force.
- Rigid bodies. Rotation about a fixed axis, inertia tensor, Euler’s equations.
- Special relativity. Galilean relativity, postulates of special relativity, time dilation, length contraction, Lorentz transformation, four-vectors, four-momentum, energy.
There will be two midterms and one final exam. They will be closed-book exams.
We will also have weekly homework. The assignments should be returned a week after they are posted. Later assignments will not be accepted unless special arrangements are made ahead of time. The Teaching Assistant will be responsible for marking the homework assignments. Note that although you are permitted to discuss the homework problems with your classmates, you must to write up the solutions yourself. At this stage of your career you should develop your answers independently of anyone else. Copying will not be tolerated. The homework problems are exercises that give you practice, and keep you up-to-date with the course material. However, you need to work on more problems on your own in order to master the content of the course.
The final mark of the course will be calculated with the following scheme. No other marking schemes will be considered.
|First midterm||25 %|
|Second midterm||30 %|
|Final exam||30 %|
First midterm date and time: Thursday February 8th 2018 from 7:00 p.m to 9:00 p.m, place MCKN Room 228.
Second midterm date and time: Thursday March 15th 2018 from 7:00 p.m to 9:00 p.m, place MCKN Room 228.
Final exam date and time: Wednesday April 18th from 14:30 a.m to 16:30 a.m. Place TBA.
During the tutorials, our TA will answer questions and work with you on problems brought by you to the session. He will hand out one problem for you to work in group during the tutorial. Groups can be of 4 students maximum. One copy of the solution should be signed by all members of the group and handed in at the end of the tutorial.
Assignments are due every Friday at the beginning of the lecture.
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