


Politecnico di Torino  
Academic Year 2009/10  
01LQODR, 01LQOAX, 01LQOJA Mechanics 

1st degree and Bachelorlevel of the Bologna process in Mechanical Engineering  Vercelli 1st degree and Bachelorlevel of the Bologna process in Civil Engineering  Vercelli 1st degree and Bachelorlevel of the Bologna process in Electronic And Computer Engineering  Vercelli 





Objectives of the course
This course covers the basic principles of mechanics: vectors, displacement, velocity, accelerations, force, equilibrium, mass, Newton's law, gravitation, work, energy. These arguments will be studied for a single particle, for a system of particles and rigid bodies. The wave mechanics will also be discussed.
The main goal of this course is the learning of the scientific methodology. The course is foundamental for all engineering courses. 
Expected skills
The student learns how to describe the physics phenomena.

Prerequisites
It would be better if the student previously attended the Mathematics courses.

Syllabus
Kinematics in One and Two Dimensions, Vectors and relative velocity. Relative accelerations. Motion with constant and generic accelerations. Dynamics. Forces. Vector dynamics. Newton's Laws. Work, energy and power.
Momentum. Equilibrium. Circular motion. Systems of particles. Center of mass. Dynamics of systems. Rigid body. Gravitation. Potential energy. Coulomb law. Oscillations and waves. Wave mechanics. Sound. Interference. 
Laboratories and/or exercises
Exercises.

Bibliography
Halliday, Resnick, Walker: Fundamentals of Physics, Wiley
The Feynman Lectures on Physics 
Revisions / Exam
Examination is both written and oral. Written examination takes place first. The written part is aimed at verifying the basic knowledge of physics. In this part, the student must solve few exercises. Oral examination follows written examination and consists of discussing a subject of syllabus.

