3202.17 - Mechanics

Course number
Upper Secondary School with levels: Math A, Physics B and Chemistry C
To give students knowledge about the fundamental laws and methods in classical mechanics that enable the student to solve idealized mechanical problems.
Kinematics, motion in one, two and three dimensions, the laws of Newton, Hooke’s law, conservation rules, work and energy, conservative forces, rotation, particle systems, rigid bodies, gravitation, oscillating motions, equilibrium and elasticity, fluid mechanics, mechanical waves.
Learning and teaching approaches
Lectures, problem solving and self-study.
Learning outcomes
A student who has met the objectives of the course will be able to: • Apply the kinematic concepts position, velocity, and acceleration, and recognize important types of motion such as projectile motion and circular motion. • Identify forces and sketch free body diagrams for simple mechanical systems consisting of particles and rigid bodies. • Apply Newton's laws for translation and rotational motion to simple mechanical systems consisting of particles and rigid bodies. • Compute the work and impulse of a force and apply the work-energy theorem to simple mechanical systems. • Formulate the principles of conservation of momentum, angular momentum and mechanical energy and apply these principles to simple mechanical systems. • Apply the conditions for equilibrium to simple mechanical systems. • Apply the continuity equation and Bernoulli's equation to simple stationary flows. • Compute the characteristics of periodic motion waves for simple mechanical systems.
Assessment method
A 4-hour written examination. Reference material not permitted. There are four mandatory submissions that will correspond to 20% of the final grade. The written examination must be passed to pass the course.
Marking scale
University Physics with modern physics, Young and Freedman, Pearson, 14th Ed. 2016 or newer.
Bárður Arnsteinsson Niclasen