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ME1611-10: Physics for Mechanical Engineers
ECTS: 4
Responsible Instructor: Prof.dr. U. Staufer
Course Coordinator: Ir. J.J.L. Neve
Contact Hours / Week x/x/x/x: 2/2/0/0
Education Period: 1, 2
Start Education: 1
Exam Period: 2, 3
Course Language: English
Required for: all MSc students of the track PME
Summary: This lecture provides an overview on parts of Physics, which are important for mechanical engineers in the precision and microsystems domain. Starting with knowledge familiar from high school and bachelor education, we will reach out for understanding oscillations and waves in Mechanics, Electronics and Optics, and glance at fundamentals of quantum mechanics.
Course Contents: - Repetition of mathematics
- Models in physics
- Conservation laws
- Harmonic motion,
- Mechanical waves
- Interference and diffraction
- Electric charge, potentials and fields, their interaction with materials
- Electrical dipole
- Magnetism
- Electro-magnetic waves,
- Optics
- Outlook into quantum mechanics
Study Goals: Acquire the basic physics knowledge in mechanics and electrodynamics for analyzing problems in Mechatronics, Engineering Dynamics and Micro- and Nanosystems Engineering.
Understand the concepts of fields and waves.
Get a notion of quantum mechanics
Education Method: Standard lectures 2/0/0/0 and 0/2/0/0
There will be assignments handed out, which will be discussed
on 1.3, 1.5, 1.7 and 2.2, 2.4 and 2.6 respectively. Attending the discussion is mandatory for PME students
Literature and Study Materials: There are different textbooks in physics, which cover the topics of this course and which also contain supplemental exercises. It is highly recommended to acquire such a textbook, also for future reference.
The course is based on:
Tipler and Mosca, Physics for Scientists and Engineers, W.H. Freeman Co. 2007.
ISBN 0716789647
Feynman, Lectures on Physics, Addison Wesley 1977. ISBN 0201021161
Alonso and Finn, Physics, Addison Wesley, 1992. ISBN-10: 0201565188
Practical Guide: The assignments can be downloaded from black board. They deal with about 1/6 of the course and will be discussed in a special lecture at the 3rd, 5th and 7th week in Q1 and the 2nd, 4th and 6th week in Q2.
Detailed instructions will be given during the introduction week.
Assessment: Written exam at the end of Q2.
Students of the PME track that started in september 2013 can choose between the written exam at the end of Q2 or graded assignments along with the course, and an integral exam through ME1633 at the end of Q4 (See ME1633 for more details)
Last modified: 6 November 2013, 15:24 UTC
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