AMAT 11522: Mechanics I

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Course Code    : AMAT 11522

Title                   :  Mechanics I

Pre-requisites   :  A/L Combined Mathematics


Learning Outcomes  : 

Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to

  • collect and organize a sound knowledge of basic concepts of  Kinematics and Newtonian dynamics
  • apply Newton’s laws in solving problems related to the motion of a particle.

 Course Content:

Newtonian Kinematics: Inertial frames, Transformations between inertial frames, Relative motion of particles, Relative motion of frames of reference.

Motion of a Particle: Mass, Momentum, Torque and angular momentum, Equation of motion in vectorial form, One dimensional motion, Integrals of motion, Work, kinetic  energy & potential energy, Impulse, Motion under a conservative forces, Motion under a central force, Kepler’s laws, Rotating frames of reference, Motion relative to rotating earth.

System of Particles: Centre of mass, External and internal forces, Integrals of motion, Momentum, Angular momentum, Work, kinetic  energy & potential energy, Conservative systems, Constants of motion.

 Method of Teaching and Learning           : A combination of lectures and tutorial discussions.

 Assessment:            Based on tutorials, tests and end of course examination.

 Recommended Reading:

  1. Greiner, W. Classical Mechanics: Systems of Particles and Hamiltonian Dynamics, second edition, Springer, 2010
  2. H. Chirgwin, C. Plumpton. Advanced Theoretical Mechanics: A Course of Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists, Volume 6. Elsevier, 2013
  3. Strauch, Classical Mechanics, An Introduction, Springer, 2009
  4. Rao, K.S. Classical Mechanics, Universities Press, 2003
  5. Chorlton, F. Text book of Dynamics, D. Van Nostrand, 1969.
  6. Desloge, E.A. Classical Mechanics, John Wiley, New York, 1982.
  7. Anil V. Rao, Dynamics of Particles and Rigid Bodies: A Systematic approach, Cambridge     University Press. 2006.   
  8. Dieter Strauch, Classical Mechanics, An Introduction, Springer, 2009
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