
At the end of this course the student demonstrates ability to
1. view and analyse motion phenomena through the lens of Newtonian mechanics
 describe linear/rotational motion (1D/2D) in terms of time dependent trajectories and derivatives (velocity, acceleration)
 identify and describe the forces that act on a subsystem (body) in a given situation and present this in a free body force diagram
 recognize archetypal patterns of motion and explain (from a mechanics point of view) how these come about
 exploit the system nature of Newton’s laws by selecting appropriate systems and subsystems for analysis
2. predict the behaviour of mechanical systems by constructing and evaluating mathematical models
 translate a system/motion/force analysis into an equation of motion using Newton’s three laws of motion
 compute motion trajectories based on an equation of motion
 expose (absence of) relations between parameters in a problem through mathematical reasoning and parameter studies
 judge if a model is physically sound by performing basic sanity checks (e.g. units & limiting cases) and by comparing its predictions to experience/experiment
3. conduct basic experiments for model validation purposes
 judge what data needs to be collected to validate (an aspect of) a model
 use technology (video cameras, tracking/data analysis software) to collect and process data
 calibrate time and distance measurements
 collect data in a systematic way
4. present, interpret and discuss theoretical predictions and experimental findings
 present, interpret and discuss modelling results in parameter form
 present, interpret and discuss data in graphs
 connect and compare theoretical predictions and experimental findings



Lectures/tutorials on calculus applied to motion (1D/2D); Newton’s laws for linear/rotational motion; Newton’s laws for systems; Conserved quantities (mainly momentum/center of mass motion, but a bit on energy as well); Force laws and freebody force diagrams; Oscillatory, circular and rotational (rigid body) motion. Torque & moment of inertia;
Lab/tutorials on numerical integration of Newton’s laws; Motion tracking using camera and tracking software; Basic ways to present and analyse data using Excel or Matlab.
External students who are interested in this elective: please contact electivesuct@utwente.nl



Description 
Test Type 
Weighting 
1 
Oscillatory motion lab (theory/experiment) 
Lab assignment in small groups
(individual report) 
25% 
2 
Center of mass lab (theory/experiment) 
Lab assignment in small groups (individual report) 
25% 
3 
Openended modelling challenge 
Group assignment & presentation 
50% 



 Assumed previous knowledgeBasic Math and Physics, at highschool level. 
Bachelor Technology and Liberal Arts & Sciences 
  Required materialsBookFundamentals of Physics I: Mechanics, Relativity, and Thermodynamics (Expanded Edition), by R. Shankar
ISBN: 9780300243772
ISBN: 13: 9780133978049
ISBN: 10: 0133978044 

 Recommended materialsSyllabus 
 Instructional modesAssessment
 AssignmentPresence duty   Yes 
 Lecture
 other EducationPresence duty   Yes 
 PracticalPresence duty   Yes 
 Project supervisedPresence duty   Yes 
 Q&A
 Self study with assistance
 Self study without assistance
 TutorialPresence duty   Yes 
 WorkshopPresence duty   Yes 

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