Coursebooks 2017-2018

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General physics I (English)

PHYS-101(en)

Lecturer(s) :

Bréchet Sylvain

Language:

English

Summary

Students will learn the principles of mechanics to enable a better understanding of physical phenomena, such as the kinematics and dyamics of point masses and solid bodies. Students will acquire the capacity to quantitatively analyze these effects with the appropriate theoretical tools.

Content

The course may contain, but not exclusively, the following elements :


Mechanics

Introduction and kinematics
Reference frames, trajectories, velocity, acceleration, Cartesian, spherical and cylindrical coordinates.

Dynamics of the point mass and solid body
Momentum, Newton's laws, fundamental forces, empirical forces and constraints. Oscillatory motion, Angular momentum.

Work, power, energy
Kinetic energy, potential energy, conservation laws, gravitational motion. Collisions.

Keywords

General physics, point masses, coordinates, kinematics, energy, work

Learning Prerequisites

Recommended courses

Math level required for "maturité fédérale", see on the left the hyperlinks and the book, indicative of the level of math appropriate for a good start at EPFL.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

Transversal skills

Teaching methods

Lectures + exercises

Assessment methods

The course concludes with a written exam

Resources

Bibliography

Ressources en bibliothèque

Prerequisite for

General physics II

In the programs

  • Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, 2017-2018, Bachelor semester 1
    • Semester
      Fall
    • Exam form
      Written
    • Coefficient
      5
    • Subject examined
      General physics I (English)
    • Lecture
      3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Exercises
      2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Civil Engineering, 2017-2018, Bachelor semester 1
    • Semester
      Fall
    • Exam form
      Written
    • Coefficient
      5
    • Subject examined
      General physics I (English)
    • Lecture
      3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Exercises
      2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering, 2017-2018, Bachelor semester 1
    • Semester
      Fall
    • Exam form
      Written
    • Coefficient
      5
    • Subject examined
      General physics I (English)
    • Lecture
      3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Exercises
      2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Computer Science, 2017-2018, Bachelor semester 1
    • Semester
      Fall
    • Exam form
      Written
    • Coefficient
      5
    • Subject examined
      General physics I (English)
    • Lecture
      3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Exercises
      2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Mathematics, 2017-2018, Bachelor semester 1
    • Semester
      Fall
    • Exam form
      Written
    • Coefficient
      5
    • Subject examined
      General physics I (English)
    • Lecture
      3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Exercises
      2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Microengineering, 2017-2018, Bachelor semester 1
    • Semester
      Fall
    • Exam form
      Written
    • Coefficient
      5
    • Subject examined
      General physics I (English)
    • Lecture
      3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Exercises
      2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Materials Science and Engineering, 2017-2018, Bachelor semester 1
    • Semester
      Fall
    • Exam form
      Written
    • Coefficient
      5
    • Subject examined
      General physics I (English)
    • Lecture
      3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Exercises
      2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Environmental Sciences and Engineering, 2017-2018, Bachelor semester 1
    • Semester
      Fall
    • Exam form
      Written
    • Coefficient
      5
    • Subject examined
      General physics I (English)
    • Lecture
      3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Exercises
      2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Life Sciences and Technologies, 2017-2018, Bachelor semester 1
    • Semester
      Fall
    • Exam form
      Written
    • Coefficient
      5
    • Subject examined
      General physics I (English)
    • Lecture
      3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Exercises
      2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Communication Systems, 2017-2018, Bachelor semester 1
    • Semester
      Fall
    • Exam form
      Written
    • Coefficient
      5
    • Subject examined
      General physics I (English)
    • Lecture
      3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Exercises
      2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks

Reference week

MoTuWeThFr
8-9
9-10
10-11
11-12
12-13
13-14
14-15
15-16
16-17CE5
CE6
17-18 CM010
CM09
CO015
CO122
CO123
CO124
GCC330
18-19
19-20
20-21
21-22
Lecture
Exercise, TP
Project, other

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  • Lecture in German