At the end of the course you will be able to:
- construct and use equations to describe motions in 1 and 2 dimensions
- analyze forces and apply Newton's laws
- understand the basic principles of a harmonic oscillator
- understand and apply the concepts of momentum and energy
- apply conservation laws
In this course we will discuss how things move (and why!) and how to describe this mathematically. In some more detail, we will cover the following topics:
- Motion in one dimension; velocity, acceleration
- Motion in two dimensions; projectile motion, circular motion
- Newton's laws; concept of force, reference frames, mass and weight, force analysis, resistive and friction forces
- Basic oscillatory motion; spring-mass system, pendulum
- Work, kinetic and potential energy; (non-) isolated systems, conservation of energy
- Linear momentum, conservation of momentum
This course consists of weekly lectures and tutorials with homework assignments, as well as question hours. You are also expected to spend time on self-study to repeat the material at home.
|This is a course in the theme 'Physics and mathematics'.
High-school level physics and math knowledge are required.|
Written exam. Bonus points can be obtained by handing in the weekly tutorials.