Courses Catalogue

Analytical Mechanics

COURSE CODE: MAT3203
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 3
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Education (Mathematics) - B.Ed
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: College of Education, Open and Distance Learning
STATUS: Elective
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Covers the methods of Lagrange and Hamilton and relates them to simple systems of particles and rigid bodies; solving the resultant differential equations of motion; identifies conserved quantities and use them to simplify the analysis of the motion; apply these ideas particularly to central force problems and rigid body motion, especially the spinning top; apply all taught techniques to unseen problems.

EXPECTED LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this course unit, students should be able to:

·      apply the methods of Lagrange and Hamilton to simple systems of particles and rigid bodies;

·      Solve the resulting differential equations of motion;

·      Identify conserved quantities and use them to simplify the analysis of the motion;

·      Apply these ideas particularly to central force problems and rigid body motion, especially the spinning top;

·      Apply all taught techniques to unseen problems.