This Spring semester, calculus-based course examines the basic principles of classical mechanics with special emphasis on conceptual and mathematical problem-solving. Topics include linear kinematics, Newton’s Laws of Motion, linear and angular momentum, rotational dynamics, gravitation, and static equilibrium.
- Correctly use the fundamental units of mechanics and the corresponding unit systems, convert from one set of units to another, and solve problems using significant figures.
- Apply the general and special relationships between the kinematics variables to find unknown values.
- Apply the kinematics variables to problems in more than one-dimension using vectors.
- Apply Newton’s laws to a multitude of situations in order to determine the acceleration of an object (or an unknown force if the acceleration is known).
- Calculate work, kinetic energy, potential energy, and use the conservation of energy in situations involving work done by conservative and non-conservative forces.
- Perform calculations involving the center of mass, momentum and impulse, and conservation of momentum.
- Use the kinematics equations appropriate for rotational motion to solve equilibrium and general rotation problems.
- Solve problems where gravity plays a significant role.