Mechanics and Relativity
Faculteit  Science and Engineering 
Jaar  2022/23 
Vakcode  WBPH00110 
Vaknaam  Mechanics and Relativity 
Niveau(s)  propedeuse 
Voertaal  Engels 
Periode  semester I 
ECTS  10 
Rooster  rooster.rug.nl 
Uitgebreide vaknaam  Mechanics and Relativity  
Leerdoelen  At the end of the course, the student is able to: 1. develop and use models (e.g., spacetime diagrams, equations) to explain how special relativity describes and explains the relationships between particles/objects in constant relative motion with respect to each other; 2. develop and use models (e.g., spacetime diagrams, equations) to explain how the speed of light is constant in all reference frames; 3. develop and use models (e.g., spacetime diagrams, equations) to explain how inertial reference frames are velocitydependent and not positiondependent; 4. develop and use models (e.g., spacetime diagrams, equations) to explain how the kinematics of particles/objects are determined by observers in different reference frames; 5. solve simple physics problems by dimensional analysis and make reasonable order of magnitude estimates  given limited information and without the use of a calculator; 6. use models (e.g., free body diagrams, graphs, equations) to explain how interactions between particles/objects in a system are due to the forces and the changes in energies between those particles/objects with respect to an inertial frame; 7. use models (e.g., free body diagrams, graphs, equations) to explain how Newton's laws of motion describe the mathematical relationships regarding the net force on a macroscopic object, its mass, and its acceleration; 8. use models (e.g., free body diagrams, graphs, equations) to explain how total (translational and angular) momentum for a system of particles/objects are conserved when there is no net force acting on the system; 9. use models (e.g., free body diagrams, graphs, equations) to explain how energy, at the macroscopic scale, can be accounted for as a combination of the energies associated with the (translational, oscillatory, rotational) motions and relative positions of particles/objects; 10. use models (e.g., free body diagrams, graphs, equations) to explain how Newton's Laws of Gravitation can be used to describe and predict the gravitational forces between particles/objects (e.g., asteroids, planets), in addition to their locations and motions. 

Omschrijving  This course addresses topics in special relativity and mechanics at varying levels of mathematical complexity. While these topics are connected to each other, they can be studied independently. The topics for these courses include: • special theory of relativity (principle of relativity, synchronization of clocks, the nature of time, the metric equation, proper time, coordinate transformations, Lorentz contraction, cosmic speed limit, and conservation of fourmomentum); • general reasoning strategies relating to dimensional analysis and estimations (Fermi problems); • Newtonian mechanics of particles/objects (vectorial form of Newton's laws, Cartesian and polar coordinates, statics, projectile motion, work, kinetic energy, potential energy and momentum, conservation laws, collisions, simple harmonic oscillators, fictitious forces, and dynamics of rigid bodies that address angular momentum, moment of inertia, torque, conservation of angular momentum) in two dimensions and/or three dimensions. 

Uren per week  
Onderwijsvorm 
Hoorcollege (LC), Practisch werk (PRC), Werkcollege (T)
(LC 66, T 64 hrs, self study 150) 

Toetsvorm 
Meerkeuze toets (MC), Practisch werk (PR), Schriftelijk tentamen (WE)
(Written exam over period Ia and Ib, comprised of three cumulative exams with weight factors 0.3, 0.3 and 0.4. These tests will be held after 3, 6 and 8 weeks each period. During period 1B, the tests will count for 90% and the practicals for 10%.) 

Vaksoort  propedeuse  
Coördinator  P.D. Meerburg, PhD.  
Docent(en)  dr. R.J.H. KleinDouwel , M.H. Lee, PhD. , P.D. Meerburg, PhD.  
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Entreevoorwaarden  
Opmerkingen  If you already bought/have Six Ideas that shaped Physics, unit R The laws of physics are frame independent, 3rd ed. McGrawHill  T.A. Moore  ISBN 9780077600952, this should be sufficient as well. This course was previously registered with course code WPPH16006 

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