4 Important Note
These books can be used as a reference. But it very important that you attend
the class regularity. As this is a ﬁrst course in mechanics, you will not only learn
mechanics, but also the ability to transform abstract ideas into mathematics,
and this ability will help you in other courses too. Also the exams will be from
the material presented in the class, and this is what you will be required to
understand. It is very important that you ask me to clarify any thing which is
not clear in the lectures, and I will do it for you. You can also meet me after
the lecture for extra help, if you do not understand any concept.
5 Objectives of Course
1. To develop the ability to translate abstract ideas into mathematics. In
physics abstract ideas relation to the world are converted into concrete
mathematical models. Even though this course will be about mechan-
ics, this ability will be useful in many other areas, where you can build
2. This course will be a ﬁrst course in mechanics, and many other courses
on physics (and many other areas of natural sciences) will require the
concepts you have learned in this course. Physics is about objects moving
in space and time, and this course is a course about basic properties of
motion. So, the material you will learn in this course will be useful to you
in many diﬀerent areas of natural science. You will also learn the uses of
mathematical concepts like vectors and calculus. These concepts will be
important for you to in other branches of physics, and even other ﬁelds of
6 Other Information
Marks are distributed as follows: Labs 20/100, ﬁnals 50/100, and midterms and
To pass this course you must achieve at least 50/100 in the laboratory com-
ponent, and receive a score of at least 40/100 on the ﬁnal exam.
The midterms will be conducted in the class at the time/place where the class
is usually conducted. Mid term will be conducted on Monday 5 Nov.
You must register in one of the laboratory sessions. Labs will start the week of
Sept. 17. You can purchase a lab manual from the used bookstore. You need
to complete each weekly prelab prior to your lab period.