PHYS-101(en) / coefficient 6

Teacher: Ball Justin Richard

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, and Cartesian, spherical, and cylindrical coordinates.

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

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

## Keywords

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

## Recommended courses

Math level required for "maturité fédérale", which indicates 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:

• Develop a know-how to solve a problem
• Structure models in terms of differentials equations
• Apply simplifying assumptions to describe an experience
• Estimate orders of magnitude
• Distinguish the theoretical models describing Natura
• Contextualise theoretical models in every day life
• Formulate a physical model
• Develop know-how to solve a problem
• Distinguish the theoretical models describing nature

## Transversal skills

• Use a work methodology appropriate to the task.

## Teaching methods

Lectures and exercises

## Assessment methods

The course concludes with a written exam

## Bibliography

• Serway, Physics for Scientists and Engineers.
• Douglas Giancoli. Physics for Scientists and Engineers. 4th Edition.
• D. Halliday, R. Resnick, K. S. Krane. Physics, Volume 1.

## Prerequisite for

General physics II

## In the programs

• Semester: Fall
• Number of places: 370
• Exam form: Written (winter session)
• Subject examined: General physics : mechanics (English)
• Lecture: 3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
• Exercises: 3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
• Type: mandatory
• Semester: Fall
• Number of places: 370
• Exam form: Written (winter session)
• Subject examined: General physics : mechanics (English)
• Lecture: 3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
• Exercises: 3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
• Type: mandatory
• Semester: Fall
• Number of places: 370
• Exam form: Written (winter session)
• Subject examined: General physics : mechanics (English)
• Lecture: 3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
• Exercises: 3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
• Type: mandatory
• Semester: Fall
• Number of places: 370
• Exam form: Written (winter session)
• Subject examined: General physics : mechanics (English)
• Lecture: 3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
• Exercises: 3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
• Type: mandatory
• Semester: Fall
• Number of places: 370
• Exam form: Written (winter session)
• Subject examined: General physics : mechanics (English)
• Lecture: 3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
• Exercises: 3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
• Type: mandatory
• Semester: Fall
• Number of places: 370
• Exam form: Written (winter session)
• Subject examined: General physics : mechanics (English)
• Lecture: 3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
• Exercises: 3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
• Type: mandatory
• Semester: Fall
• Number of places: 370
• Exam form: Written (winter session)
• Subject examined: General physics : mechanics (English)
• Lecture: 3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
• Exercises: 3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
• Type: mandatory
• Semester: Fall
• Number of places: 370
• Exam form: Written (winter session)
• Subject examined: General physics : mechanics (English)
• Lecture: 3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
• Exercises: 3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
• Type: mandatory
• Semester: Fall
• Number of places: 370
• Exam form: Written (winter session)
• Subject examined: General physics : mechanics (English)
• Lecture: 3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
• Exercises: 3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
• Type: mandatory
• Semester: Fall
• Number of places: 370
• Exam form: Written (winter session)
• Subject examined: General physics : mechanics (English)
• Lecture: 3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
• Exercises: 3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
• Type: mandatory

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