BGU Physics Department

Course number:
203-1-1281

4+2 hours, 5 points

4+2 hours, 5 points

Lecturer: Michael Gedalin

[Physics 1 Level A]

- Basic concepts of motion, coordinates, partial derivatives, vectors.
- Particle kinematics, rotational motion.
- Newton's laws, Galilean relativity, inertial and non-inertial frames
- Particle dynamics: applications of Newton's laws, work, kinetic energy, momentum, angular momentum.
- Potential energy, conservation laws.
- Motion in a potential I: 1D potential, central forces, Keplerian motion.
- Motion in a potential II: Oscillations. Mathematical addition: complex numbers.
- Many particle systems, conservation laws, collisions.
- Rigid body rotation I: Theory (angular velocity and acceleration, tensor of inertia, moment of inertia, torque, angular momentum, kinetic energy).
- Rigid body rotation II: Applications (rolling, precession, gyroscopes).
- Basics of special relativity
- (Optional) Gravitation.

- Main source: Kittel, Mechanics, Berkeley Physics Course, QC 21.B4445
- Additional source: Alonso, Finn, Physics (Prentice Hall), QC 21.2.A56
- Recommended source:
An Introduction To Mechanics by Daniel Kleppner, Robert Kolenkow

- Problem books:
- Irodov (in Russian): Иродов, Задачи по общей физике, 1988 (Ir88)
- Savel'ev (in Russian): Савельев, Сборник вопросов и задач по общей физике, 1982 (Sa82)
- Sivukhin (in Russian): Стрелков, Сивухин, Угаров, Яковлев, Сборник задач по общему курсу физики, 1977 (Si77)

No. | Topic | Main source** | Additional source*** |
---|---|---|---|

1 | Basic concepts of motion, coordinates, partial derivatives, vectors | Lecture notes; Ch 2 | |

2 | Particle kinematics in vector form, rotational motion | Ch 2, Ch3 | Ch 2, 3, 4.1-4.5, 5.1-5.4 |

3 | Newton's laws, Galilean relativity, inertial and noninertial frames | Ch 3, Ch 4 | Ch6, 4.6, 5.5-5.6 |

4 | Particle dynamics: applications of Newton's laws, work, kinetic energy, momentum, angular momentum | Ch 3, Ch 5 | Ch 7, 8, 9.1-9.7 |

5 | Potential energy, conservation laws | Ch 5 | Ch 9.8-9.12 |

6 | Motion in a potential I: 1D potential, central forces, Keplerian motion | Ch 5.5; Ch 9 | Ch 9.11, 11.1-11.6 |

7 | Motion in a potential II: Oscillations. Mathematical addition: complex numbers | Ch 7 | Ch 10.1-10.6, 10.13, 10.14 |

8 | Many particle systems, conservation laws, collisions | Ch 4, Ch 5, Ch 6 | Ch 13.1-13.3, 14.1-14.5, 14.9 |

9 | Rigid body rotation I: Theory (angular velocity and acceleration, tensor of inertia, moment of inertia, torque, angular momentum, kinetic energy) | Ch 8.1-8.3 | Ch 13.5-13.8, 14.4-14.6 |

10 | Rigid body rotation II: Applications (rolling, precession, gyroscopes) | Ch 8.3-8.5 | Ch 13.9-13.11, 14.6 |

11 | Basics of special relativity | Ch 10-12 | Ch 19 |