|Module consists of the study units|
|2. Lab Practice and Programming Skills 1
|3. Project Mechanics
|4. Calculus 1 for AT
The module provides a first encounter with the world of engineering and the scientific research method. Students learn to capture salient details of classical mechanics / dynamic systems around them in simple models. The content of the module is based on mechanics (movement, Newton’s laws, statics) and first and second order systems (as taught in the mathematics part). It consists of|
A. Calculus 1. Differential equations (1st order: separable, linear; higher order: linear with constant coefficients).
B. Mechanics. Movement, Newton’s laws, conservation of momentum, angular momentum and energy, rotation, gravity and oscillations.
C. Laboratory Practice. Learning basic skills for experimental work, including safety, error analysis and a basic Matlab and programming skills course.
D. Project. Investigating and modelling a dynamical system (topics are provided) and doing an experiment to validate the findings.
There are 8 workshops on skills, all designated to support the main subjects of the module, i.e., Calculus 1, Mechanics, Laboratory Practice and/or Project. At the same time these skills are also relevant for the rest of the curriculum. Each workshop takes 4 hours.
1. ’Math refresher’. Review of Dutch secondary school topics (mainly algebra). Support for Calculus 1 and Mechanics. Concludes with a diagnostic test.
2. ’Information Skills’. Introduction to finding, assessing, using and referencing scientific information sources. Support for Laboratory Practice and Project.
3. ’Effective meetings’. Support for Project.
4. ’LaTeX’. Introduction to the text editor environment. Support for Project and Mechanics.
5. ‘Simulation’. Solving Differential Equations. Support for Project.
6. ‘Academic writing in English’. Support for Laboratory Practice and Project.
7. ’Presentation skills’. Support for Project.
Coherence and integration.
Rather than being separate parts, the intent is to have coherence between the various subjects. To this end the project integrates mathematics and mechanics and forms the playground for achieving a deeper understanding of the subjects as well as developing the academic skills.