Course Description and Objectives
Mechanics is foundational to physics. Topics include: rectilinear and rotational motions of particles and rigid bodies, forces, energy methods, conservation laws, oscillations, and waves.
The primary objective of this course is for you to develop a solid functional understanding of practical applications of classical mechanics. You shall be able to apply learned techniques to construct idealised mathematical models applicable to physical situations and be cognizant of the underlying principles, assumptions and limitations of your model.
This course includes a laboratory component which is intended to present scientific experimentation as a subject in its own right. You will learn to plan an experiment, to use instruments, to analyze data including errors, to compare experiment with theory, and to keep complete records.
Prerequisite: MATH 150 or equivalent