Mechanics and Relativity 2

Faculteit Science and Engineering
Jaar 2020/21
Vakcode WBPH021-05
Vaknaam Mechanics and Relativity 2
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I b

Uitgebreide vaknaam Mechanics and Relativity 2
Leerdoelen Upon completion of this course, the student is able to:
1. describe the main postulates of special relativity and to reproduce elementary formulae;
2. analyze, reformulate in event terms, and solve simple problems in special relativity;
3. apply Newton’s laws using free-body diagrams to derive and solve the equations of translational motion of objects in multiple spatial dimensions;
4. describe two-dimensional motion in a rotating frame of reference with due account of fictitious forces.
5. recognize and describe harmonic oscillators;
6. know when and how to apply the conservation laws of energy and momentum;
7. apply the relation between angular momentum and torque to derive and solve the equations of rotational motion for sets of particles and for rigid bodies;
8. solve simple physics problems by dimensional analysis;
9. make order of magnitude estimates given limited available information and without the use of a calculator.
Omschrijving This course continous from and builds on part 1 of M&R for Mathematics and deals with the following topics:
•Coupled oscillators (eigenfrequencies, normal modes)
•Newtonian mechanics of particles in rotating coordinate systems (vectorial form of Newton’s laws, polar coordinates, fictitious forces: centrifugal and Coriolis);
•Dynamics of rigid bodies in two and subsequently three dimensions (angular momentum, moment of inertia, torque, conservation of angular momentum, precession).

Furthermore, the student will be able to calculate in natural units and dimensions, and without the use of a pocket calculator compute simple physics problems. The student can make quick “Fermi” estimates, correct within at least an order of magnitude, of quantities given limited available information.
Uren per week
Onderwijsvorm Hoorcollege (LC), Werkcollege (T)
Toetsvorm Schriftelijk tentamen (WE)
(three written exams according to a 20%-30%-50% cumulative testing scheme. The cumulative grade has to be > 5.5.)
Vaksoort propedeuse
Coördinator dr. ir. C.J.G. Onderwater
Docent(en) prof. dr. A. Mazumdar ,dr. ir. C.J.G. Onderwater
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Classical Mechanics; University Science Books J.R. Taylor 9781891389221 ca. €  70,00

This course was registered last year with course code NAMR2-10
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
BSc Applied Mathematics 1 semester I b keuzegroep
BSc Mathematics: General Mathematics  ( Major track General Mathematics) 1 semester I b keuzegroep
BSc Mathematics: Probability and Statistics 1 semester I b keuzegroep