Classical Mechanics

King's College London

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Classical Mechanics

  • Host University

    King's College London

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • UK Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Module description:


    This module introduces fundamental physical elements of Classical Mechanics. It presents kinematics, mechanics and
    dynamics of the point particle and of extended bodies and discusses concepts like forces and conservation laws.
    More in details the module will cover: Units and Magnitudes, Fundamentals of Kinematics such as the motion of a
    uniformly accelerated point particle, of a projectile and uniform circular motion, Reference frames, Mechanics:
    the laws of motion, Perceived weight and tension, Friction forces, The harmonic oscillator, Energy and work,
    Momentum conservation, collisions, Gravitation laws, Gravitation potential energy and orbits, Angular momentum,
    Orbital motion, Kepler?s laws, Basics of space flight and orbital control, Fundamentals of many body kinematics,
    Rigid body kinematics, Momentum of inertia, Spin, orbital angular momentum and torque, Gyroscopes, Basic elements
    of Phase space & Chaos theory.

    Learning outcomes:

    Development of Knowledge and Understanding
    At the end of the course, the students should be able to:
    1. Describe the motion of a macroscopic object in a quantitative way.
    2. Predict the evolution of mechanical system subjected to forces, including celestial bodies.
    3. Derive general dynamical results via conservation and symmetry arguments in mechanical systems.
    Practical skills
    Students will be able to carry out quantitative analysis of mechanical problems using appropriate mathematical
    Key/transferable skills
    The use of formative exercises during the delivery of the module encourages students to acquire good study habits, to organise their work in a timely fashion, and to monitor their own progress.
    Students should be able to comment critically on a range of different experimental and theoretical methods, and
    to select the most appropriate method when dealing with a particular problem. They should be familiar with a
    variety of mathematical, software and ICT resources that allow them to develop their understanding of the subject.

    Teaching pattern: 3 hours of lectures, 1hour of tutorials per week.

    Assessment: written examination/s

    Written exam (2 hours) May/June

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